The acting Vice President and spokesperson of Uganda Meritocracy Party (UMP) Mr Simon Peter Ouma came out to throw more light about the ‘People Power’ slogan.

According to Mr Ouma, the slogan was registered by the Uganda Meritocracy Party in 2016, a party known by a few Ugandans.

In his own words, Mr Ouma stressed that as a party they have never stopped the Kyadondo East lawmaker Robert Kyagulanyi, alias Bobi Wine from using the slogan reasoning that he is championing the same interests that they will also be promoting.

The Red Army: Bobi Wine during the Arua MP campaigns in 2018

We as the party leadership, we have no problem with somebody using the slogan people power. We have no problem with Kyagulanyi or whoever to use people power as a slogan. Bobi’s vision and ideology fall under the interest of Uganda Meritocracy. Bobi Wine using the slogan is not a problem.

Mr Ouma

In a letter dated 19th January, the UMP acting secretary for legal affairs Mr Wambogo warned Balaam Barugahare after a video of him bragging about how he had registered and gazetted the slogan and the red color emerged on social media.

The letter acted as just a reminder to Balaam that he had no monopoly over the words ‘People Power’ because they had already been registered.

Bobi Wine standing at the balcony of his hotel room in Arua in 2018

It has come to our attention that Balaam Barugahare one of the businessmen in Kampala has registered a non-government organisation in the name of people power and has immediately threatened any individual/group who attempts to use the above name dire consequences,” the party acting secretary for legal affairs, Wambogo said in a letter dated January 19.

Wambogo wrote in part

Mr Wambogo furthermore said those interested in the ‘People Power’ slogan should join the Uganda Meritocracy Party.

He even warned that the party will not let anyone use or misuse their slogan without their permission. He added that talks with Bobi Wine are still on going and Ugandans will soon be informed of the final outcome.

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