I've no regret being dropped from trade committee chair - Mwine Mpaka

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I've no regret being dropped from trade committee chair - Mwine Mpaka
Mwine Mpaka said he supports the idea of giving others a chance to prove themselves in leadership

Mbarara City South Member of Parliament Mwine Mpaka has no regrets being dropped as Trade Industry and Cooperatives committee chair.

The Central Executive Committee of the ruling National Resistance Movement party on Tuesday dropped all sectoral committee heads and their deputies ahead of plans to install new leadership in Parliament.

"The first time I was selected to chair the trade committee, everyone thought I was too young and that I wouldn't manage a serious committee but with the support from various stakeholders, I have managed to perform beyond what they thought regardless of my age,” Mpaka said.

“I inherited a committee that had been disbanded in the 10th Parliament and we have tried to perform to the expectations of almost everybody, presented timely reports, handled the most sensitive investigations, had no scandals so I don't have any regrets.”

The 35-year-old soft-spoken legislator said it is only fair to have other MPs serve and demonstrate their capabilities like he was given the opportunity.

“The idea of having us replaced with new chairpersons, I think it is fair because the NRM party has so many MPs," he said.

"If I had not been given the opportunity, no one would have seen my capacity so I am in support for someone else to be given the same opportunity to also serve."

He challenged his successor to be transparent and serve the interests of the country.

"My advice to whoever is to succeed me would be to be transparent and serve the interests of the country,” Mpaka told the Nile Post.

The most challenging moments during his tenure was balancing party interests with the job. To this, he cited an example of the Vinci coffee agreement, Atiak Sugar Factory, investigation on cooperatives, and the fuel crisis.

All these had different pressures from different stakeholders but the house gave us necessary support," he said.

The NRM Central Executive Committee on Tuesday directed the Government Chief Whip to advertise all sectoral committee positions.

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