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NRM awaits formal proceedings on Mpuuga Service award

Mathias Mpuuga

Mathias Mpuuga

The National Resistance Movement (NRM), Uganda’s ruling party, through its Central Executive Committee (CEC), has reportedly not addressed the contentious issue of the Shs 1.7 billion allocation to the commissioners of parliament, according to information obtained by  The Observer.

This development was disclosed by Emmanuel Dombo, who serves as the director of Information and Publicity at the NRM secretariat. His revelation brings to light a significant matter within the party’s decision-making processes, particularly regard- ing financial allocations and parliamentary oversight.

Leaked resolutions from a Parliamentary Commission meeting held in May 2022 revealed that a decision was made to award Mathias Mpuuga, the now former leader of the opposition, a one-off service award of Shs 500 million. Additionally, three commissioners from the National Resistance Movement (NRM) - Solomon Silwany, Prossy Akampurira and Esther Afoyochan - were allocated Shs 400 million each.

This service award led to controversy and the subsequent suspension of Mathias Mpuuga, vice president of the National Unity Platform (NUP) for Buganda. He faces accusations of participating in the meeting and being involved in the allocation of Shs 1.7 billion. Despite his suspension, Mpuuga maintains that the allocation was lawful and affirms his intention to remain with the party.

When approached by The Observer for comment, Prossy Akampurira, the woman representative for Rubanda district, declined to speak on the matter, citing her maternity leave. Esther Afoyochan, the woman member of parliament for Zombo district, stated that the issue would be addressed at an appropriate time.

In an interview for this story, Emmanuel Dombo explained that the parliament is an independent organ of government, possessing its own leadership and self-accounting mechanisms. As such, it is accountable for its decisions unless those decisions contravene the law, as determined by the auditor general or the inspectorate of Government.

“In the absence of any formal communication by government agencies, it becomes futile to comment on something that is merely trending in the media,” Dombo stated.

He emphasized that the National Resistance Movement’s (NRM) Central Executive Committee has not yet deliberated on this matter, nor has it been presented to them. Dombo assured that if the issue is brought before the committee and a decision is made, the public will be duly informed.

“I doubt this matter will come up unless an investigation reveals illegal actions or violations of regulations, rules, or law. In such a case, the party chairman, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, will provide guidance on the resolution of the matter,” he added.

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+1 #1 jose 2024-04-10 14:17
Dombo is well very right to talk like, in NUP its scooping from the national coffers illegally, in NRM its appreciating individuals, so the national chairman will even give more 100m/= to the cec when that comes to his table.
That's the simple difference
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+1 #2 Mubiru 2024-04-11 10:40
Uganda is filthy corrupt. If you belong to the ruling party you have a free passport to Uganda's resources as long long as you broadly smile, lough and clap even when Museveni calls all NRM sycophants idiots.

Museveni is very right to debase them because even govt funds he dishes out like confetti are received by his puppets as his own.

Museveni yatuwadde. This is the gentleman who claims to make sacrifice on a salary of some 3m monthly. It explains why Kigali has streets similar to those any where in Europe while Kampala city roads are flooded and repaired for 365 days.

I see a some little Kagame in Muhoozi Kainerugaba to eliminate corruption responsible for his generation suffering most by being unemployed and opt for kyeyo.

Unfortunately the man believes in Bachwezi dynasties and is surrounded by only Westerners. As a concerned Ugandan I refuse to be blackmailed by Museveni praise singers that l hate him. I only detest his policies and politics
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0 #3 Akot 2024-04-11 17:50
Mubiru, understood, but,

Rwandese Museveni, like Sudanese Idi Amin, has nothing to lose whether he reamins in power or disposed!

Only Ugandans are, will be victimes, reason they MUST say NO to tribalism & UNITE to end Museveni's rule, then put in place the kind of governance they want!

Why do Ugandans prefer Rwandese Museveni & family to being FREE to live as they wish?

Why are Ugandans still powerless tribally divided ruled without National Leader to help UNITE them for common goal?
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0 #4 kabayekka 2024-04-12 07:40
NRM unfortunately was created by the Ganda fraternity as Dr Obote proceeded to come back to govern Uganda with the assistance of former President of Tanzania.

Now that this very long serving political party is crippled by corruption of all sorts, this Ganda tribes man has a very difficult job in the new political party of NUP to convice many citizens of Buganda to join with him into the NRM ruling political party or to stay put in the NUP.

For the independent country of Buganda, the alternative political advice for its ancient but modern people, is not to participate again in Uganda national elections that are not free and fair.
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