Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Member of Parliament, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda has accused opposition National Unity Platform (NUP) of siding with the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) during the recently concluded speakership elections.
Ssemujju who was in the race with NRM’s Jacob Oulanyah and Rebecca Kadaga said that he was very disappointed on seeing members of the NUP side with the latter who is also the 3rd chairperson of the NRM which they seek to unseat.
“They went for Kadaga who had numbers, even when she was nominated, they were the ones who were bragging. How do you go for the NRM third chairperson? You even cry when she loses,” Ssemujju wondered.
Ssemujju claims that he wrote to everyone including the NUP President Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine whom he asked for a meeting.
“But he refused. Instead, he convened a meeting of NUP members on Sunday and told them to vote Kadaga,” Ssemujju claimed.
“Soul searching is going to happen now. I hope my other colleagues will know that we were elected because the population didn’t want Museveni or the NRM. NUP has a duty as the main opposition party and we should begin restructuring ourselves,” he added.
He said that NUP should consider working with the opposition and apologize for dealing with NRM and Museveni.
“I do not have to assemble a meeting for opposition to vote opposition,” Ssemujju said.
Another member of opposition Yusufu Nsibambi who also failed in his bid to become deputy speaker of the house castigate NUP for bringing theatrics to the house to confuse people.
“The NRM came up with chits and pens and our opposition people kept receiving these chits and moving out one by one until I followed up one of them who actually came up with a funny motion to support Anite Among,” Nsibambi claimed.
“We were in the process of voting and people would come up with funny and comical motions to make it look like they have no business there and this looked funny as opposition,” Nsibambi added.
Nsibambi’s claims were directed at Mukono Municipality legislator (NUP) Betty Nambooze who rose up to nominate Moses Ali in a comical way.
Speaking about the issue, NUP spokesperson and Nakawa West Member of Parliament Joel Ssenyonyi, said they wanted a speaker who would make sure to offer better prospects for the opposition.
“We wanted a speaker who will not stifle us even though being a minority, we will not have our views discarded. That is why many went with Kadaga,” Ssenyonyi said.