The National Unity Platform (NUP) has insisted on using the red colour despite orders from the Electoral Commission to drop it as it is already a colour reserved for the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC).
Speaking to a local television on Monday, August 3, the NUP spokesperson, Joel Ssenyonyi revealed that they will not drop the red colour even if though EC continues to threaten them.
“The NUP party constitution provides for three colours; colour red, the colour white and colour navy blue. The EC are the supervisors of political parties like ours and they have our constitution well stamped and in their custody with all the three colours. They have never said no to that,” Ssenyonyi said.
The NUP mouthpiece also added that he had had a chance to see through the Uganda People’s Congress Party’s constitution and the party had three colours that is; red, blue and black.
“As it stands, we are using our three colours because we are not using some alien colours that are not in our constitution,” he added.
“If anyone has concerns with our party colours, they should go to court. We shall find them there.”
The UPC president Jimmy Akena noted that there are regulations in place to help manage the situation and also threatened not to give up on his party’s colour red. Akena wants NUP to drop red.
The Electoral Commission boss, Justice Simon Byabakama on Monday, August 3 noted that the party president Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine had applied for a change of the party’s but the EC turned down his request because red is already in use by the UPC.
Justice Byabakama also said that the NUP, formerly registered as National Unity, Reconciliation and Development Party, had two main colours that is; white and blue.
“Although the request to change its name was allowed, the one pertaining to colours was not approved,” Byabakama said.