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Mpuuga vows not to leave NUP; to push for radical internal party reforms

Mathias Mpuuga, the former Leader of Opposition in parliament has stated his resolve not to quit the National Unity Platform (NUP).

Mathias Mpuuga

Instead, he plans to spearhead reforms from within, which he hopes will make the party a “credible and competent Government in waiting.”

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By the end of the planned NUP reform process, arbitrary, obscurantist and deviant work methods, lack of internal conflict resolution mechanisms, nepotism, corruption, greed and abuse of office, extortions, blackmail, defamation and slander, including lack of internal democracy shall only but be practices of the past within our great party,” Mpuuga stated at a press conference on Tuesday

This announcement comes weeks after a whirlwind of accusations of corruption that saw him being asked to step down from a prestigious parliamentary commission by his own party.

Mpuuga was accused of soliciting a Shs 500 million payment from the Commission – Parliament’s governing body where he was a member.

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However, Mpuuga, in a statement laden with both defiance and determination, refuted these claims.

He declared, "I confess no wrongdoing whether in law or elementary common sense," firmly denying any involvement in corruption and critiquing the methods used to slander his name.

He highlighted the necessity for the NUP to focus on mature resolution mechanisms rather than political grandstanding that jeopardizes comrades' reputations.

The Nyendo Mukungwe MP says the recent saga has badly bruised the NUP leaders and members and wants his party to regain public trust and demonstrate its capability to lead Uganda towards change and transformation.

Mpuuga however refused to comment about the recent decision by the party leadership to recall him from the Parliamentary Commission through a letter sent to the House Speaker Anita Among.

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