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NUP forces Mpuuga to resign over Shs 500m parliament cash bonanza

Mathias Mpuuga

Mathias Mpuuga

Embattled former leader of opposition (LoP) Mathias Mpuuga has resigned as parliamentary commissioner after he was particularly fingered for having directly and personally received Shs 500 million cash.

Mpuuga who was recently sacked by his National Unity Platform (NUP) party as LoP became the centre of attention in an ongoing social media protest under the hashtag #UgandaParliamentExhibition after leaked documentation revealed that Mpuuga together with other three parliamentary commissioners irregularly awarded themselves taxpayers' money christened as "Service Award." Mpuuga was personally allocated 500 million.

Now in a statement, NUP says Mpuuga in a meeting convened on Wednesday admitted to the money heist and has since apologised and "was strongly advised that the moral thing to do in the circumstances is to step down from his role as parliamentary commissioner with immediate effect."

According to NUP, the meeting was attended by senior leaders including all deputy presidents and some senior legislators. Mpuuga's corruption and abuse of office according to NUP are contrary to the values of integrity, discipline, reliability, inclusiveness, integrity, patriotism and service.

It remains to be seen if the #UgandaParliamentExhibition which aims to expose corruption, abuse of office in parliament will claim more opposition figures as several others have been exposed as practising glaring nepotism in their offices, a common vice that they accuse President Museveni of.

For instance, the chief opposition whip also deputy NUP president (eastern region) and MP for Manjiya Constituency, John Baptist Nambeshe had to defend his decision to employ his two sons in parliament. In his defense, Nambeshe said this was done for safety purposes in a country where the poisoning of political figures still runs rife.

It should be noted that there has been brewing tension between the NUP leadership and Mpuuga for some time over his alleged closeness to the speaker of parliament Anita Among, who, equally has been accused of siphoning public funds at will.

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0 #11 Kent Mawa 2024-03-04 21:42
As the domino effect rolls on , the media is not exempted from its force. Word has it that sections of the main-stream media have been busy black-mailing and collecting ransoms.

Reason ?
Money -eaters in and outside parliament are trying to stop leakages of how much they grabbed. One MP from Busoga ( opposition) , it is said, pocketed 1B for sitting on a report that would have damaged the "reputation" of some Big Ones connected to BoU scandals.

You will never hear that MP having a go at either Madam Speaker or The Obove. Mpuuga and many others know this , among other many things.
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0 #12 Lakwena 2024-03-06 11:22
Quoting Kent Mawa:
As the domino effect rolls on , the media is not exempted from its force. Word has it that sections of the main-stream media have been busy black-mailing and collecting ransoms.

Reason ?
Money -eaters in and outside parliament are trying to stop leakages of how much they grabbed. One MP from Busoga ( opposition) , it is said, pocketed 1B for sitting on a report that would have damaged the "reputation" of some Big Ones connected to BoU scandals.

You will never hear that MP having a go at either Madam Speaker or The Obove. Mpuuga and many others know this , among other many things.


In other words Mawa, who was there when Judas Iscariot met the Pharisees, the Chief Priest and picked the 30 pieces of silver? The Scribes!
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