Former presidential candidate Joseph Kabuleta has launched a new political party dubbed the National Economic Empowerment Dialogue (NEED).
Speaking at a press conference at his office in Bugolobi, Kampala, Kabuleta noted that they will use it to achieve their political aspirations.
Since last year, NEED has operated as a pressure group focused on economic, political and social rights.
The pressure group merged with a pre-existing party called the People’s United Movement (PUM) to form the new NEED party.
Kabuleta also used the launch to receive instruments of power from incumbent President Shadrach Ogemba.
This followed a conference of delegates which adopted the new party’s constitution, approved the name change, new president and cabinet.
Kabuleta said the formation of the new party had been planned even before the last elections in which he participated as an independent candidate for “private reasons”.
Kabuleta said he had been in touch with leaders of the defunct People’s United Movement even before the 2021 elections.
He said they will continue to push forward the economic empowerment agenda for Ugandans, which has been at the heart of NEED.
“The resources we have in this country are enough to provide the 40 million Ugandans with a very decent life. We have enough resources in this country,” he said.
He added: “The change that NEED will bring to this country will be for everyone and not for a lucky few.”
For his part, the outgoing president of the Ogemba party asked all party members to respect the new constitution and the new leadership of the party.
The new NEED cabinet will include; Ms. Evelyn Alek as Vice President, Odaka Asuman as General Secretary, Omulangira Joe Jjuuko Nakibinge as Organizing Secretary and Moses Matovu as Publicity Secretary.