Last week, the National Unity Platform leader Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine released a statement indicating how the party MP flag bearers were at risk of missing out on the ballot due to failure to raise Electoral Commission nomination fees. EC requires each MP aspirant to pay Shs3 million.
Good news coming this evening indicates that the party has received enormous contributions. Through his official social media handles, Bobi Wine said they have so far received a total of Shs117 million.
“So last week we launched a fundraising drive to support some NUP candidates with nomination fees. We have a total of 427 candidates across the country that emerged successful after our vetting process. Some of these have been struggling to raise the Shs3 million for nomination fees and to date. We are thankful for the many that have been able to pay their nomination fees already.
But thanks for all your contributions to this cause. We have been able to raise a total of Shs117 million from you friends in Uganda and abroad. Special thanks to all our diasporas chapters for such a great job! I look forward to interacting with each team in the coming days to be able to say thank you in person. We have also been receiving contributions as low as 1000 shillings from ordinary Ugandans who don’t have much, but they want to be part of the cause,” said Bobi Wine.
He revealed that they are going to first release Shs25 million to each of their four regional offices to support very deserving and yet vulnerable candidates.
“We shall be sending out more support as we raise more funds. We believe that with this money, our regional offices will be able to make a small contribution to some candidates who are in dire need, many of whom have raised part of the required money but still have a balance,” he said.