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Joel Senyonyi, the Spokesperson of the group said they will launch their consultations from Kyadondo East County, the home of their Presidential Aspirant before spreading out to other regions of Uganda.

People Power pressure group has unveiled its consultation road map for 2020, among the informal sector in the country.  The group paraded dozens of mobilizers drawn from the informal sector in Central, Eastern and West Nile at an indoor event held at its headquarters in Kamwokya, a suburb of Kampala on Sunday afternoon.     
Some of the mobilizers introduced themselves indicating that they were from Busoga, greater Masaka, West Nile and the Central and Eastern Uganda. Kampala based Political Activist; Frank Gasumba also attended the rally. He told cheering People Power supporters that they are ready to record another landslide victory similar to the one they received in Kyandondo East Parliamentary elections which took, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu to parliament in 2021.    



Gashumba appealed for unity and hard work during the campaign trail as the group embarks on nationwide consultations in January 2020.  The group used the rally to indicate that it intends to ride on voter population in the informal sector, women constituencies and youth to achieve victory.    


Fred Nyanzi Ssentongo, an aspirant for the Kampala Central Parliamentary Constituency, said people power will join force with the Democratic Party faction opposed to the leadership of President, Norbert Mao to bolster the strength of the group.    

  
"I am calling upon all of you to make sure you do your part. All of us should populate every available mass communication domain with the agenda of people power for us to convert our strong support base into real votes for our candidates" he said throwing his fist in the air.  


Nyanzi said Ugandan voters should shun members of parliament who will not ally themselves with the Afro Pop musician cum politicians in the 2021 general elections. Kyagulanyi was absent at the meeting that was attended by many Democratic Party members of Parliament.

Joel Senyonyi, the Spokesperson of the group said they will launch their consultations from Kyadondo East County, the home of their Presidential Aspirant before spreading out to other regions of Uganda.    

Senyonyi spoke at length about moles infiltrating their camp urging supporters to be disciplined throughout the consultations. He said the year 2020 is a year of Actions and Revolution for Sustainable Democratic Change.   

  
The meeting was held under the theme "the informal Sector in the Red Beret Revolution. Spreading the Revolution in Style". Several women spoke at it urging fellow women to buttress the political agenda as mothers appealing to their husbands and their Children to vote with nationalistic ideologies in minds.  

 

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Peter Labeja
Peter Labeja has been a practicing journalist for the last 13 years during which he has covered part of the brutal conflict which bedeviled Northern Uganda as well as the painful transition to Peace thereafter. Emerging post conflict issues such as land rights of under privileged widows and orphans, challenges of access to social services in the immediate aftermath of Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

Labeja is now the Northern Uganda Bureau chief in Acholi Sub Region since 2014 - Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts as well as South Sudan falls within his areas of jurisdiction. He previously worked with The Vision Group for four years.

Labeja’s major career interests are in Climate Change; Agriculture and Environment - natural resources such as Water, Oil and Gas; Transitional Justice; Human Rights, Democracy and Governance as well as South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis. In 2013, Labeja was awarded a prestigious Pan African Journalism Award for excellence in journalism at United Nation’s UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya for Climate Change and Health Reporting.