NUP Defies Government Warnings for Grand Office Opening

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The opposition National Unity Platform (NUP) plans to hold the grand opening ceremony of its new party office at Makerere Kavule on Thursday, despite government warnings to suspend the event. The NUP leadership is determined to commission the new office’s structures, an event that has been in the works for the past month.

The government’s concerns were voiced through Mr. Yasin Ndidde, the Deputy Resident City Commissioner (RCC) of Kawempe Division. In a letter to the NUP secretary-general, he urged the party to defer the event, citing a clash with various government activities involving VIPs on the same day. The RCC expressed concerns about security and the need to secure the area for VIP functions.

On the same note, Dr. Chris Baryomunsi, the Minister for ICT and National Guidance, urged NUP leaders to follow the RCC’s guidance to ensure security and avoid potential clashes. He emphasized the importance of cooperation with the RCC, who heads security in the division.

In response to these warnings, Dr. Emmanuel Sserunjoji, the Kawempe Division Mayor, asserted that the opening of NUP offices would not disrupt the VIP activities scheduled for Thursday in Kawempe. He stated that the NUP event would take place in an enclosed area and assured the public that it wouldn’t affect other VIP functions.

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The NUP spokesperson, Mr. Joel Ssenyonyi, confirmed that the party remains committed to its original plans for the grand office opening, dismissing the RCC’s request as “illegal guidance.” He emphasized that the NUP would proceed with the event as scheduled.

Efforts to obtain a comment from the police on this matter were unsuccessful, as repeated phone calls to known police spokespersons went unanswered.

NUP president Mr. Robert Kyagulanyi also rejected the RCC’s orders through his social media handle, stating that the RCC provided no legal basis for the request, aside from claiming that other activities were scheduled for the same day. He made it clear that the NUP did not intend to comply with what he considered “illegal orders.”

It is worth noting that President Museveni is expected to commission a new facility for Harris International Limited (commonly known as Riham) in Kawempe-Tula on the same Thursday, adding to the complexity of the situation.

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