NUP leadership rift sparks concerns of power struggle

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NUP leadership rift sparks concerns of power struggle
Mpuuga-Namayanja row tests NUP unity

Experts have warned of possible attempts to oust the National Unity Platform (NUP) president Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu if he fails to resolve the growing rifts within the party leadership, particularly in Masaka.

The rift, which has divided NUP supporters, is said to be leading to power struggles that can be traced back to the top leadership.

Mathias Mpuuga, the NUP deputy President for Buganda, and Florence Namayanja, the mayor of Masaka City, have been accused of stoking divisions among party supporters.

However, some analysts believe that this is merely a symptom of a larger problem within the party. They point to questions about the motives of some top party leaders, who are accused of wanting to usurp the powers of others.

"All Mpuuga cares about is being an MP. If he realises that what NUP is doing is affecting him in Masaka then he won't allow it," said Professor Gerald Kalyeija, a teacher of politics.

Political activist Lubega Mukaaku agrees with Karyeija that the rift is centred on self-interest, with many party members willing to compromise party principles to maintain their political positions.

"They want to run a political party like Firebase. That's impossible," says Lubega Mukaaku.

Karyeija believes that Kyagulanyi's leadership will now be tested by how he reconciles the feuding leaders. "It's a test of leadership," he says.

There are concerns that the continued power struggle within the party could lead to attempts to oust Kyagulanyi.

"There will be attempts to change leadership because the current leadership is full of those who support activism," Karyeija says.

The trouble began in Masaka when Mpuuga accused Namayanja of using the Kunga campaign to undermine political leaders. This, Mpuuga says, deviates from the party's core principles.

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