Mpuuga declares intent for 'bloodless' leadership change

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Mpuuga declares intent for 'bloodless' leadership change
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Nyendo-Mukungwe Member of Parliament Mathias Mpuuga has declared his determination to usher in a new era of politics in Uganda, free from coercion and fear but ruled out the possibility of creating a new political formation.

Mpuuga made these remarks as he hosted a thanksgiving event at Kitovu Sports Arena, amidst corruption allegations, attended by dozens of politicians and supporters.

Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga was represented by Waggwa Nsibirwa, the second deputy Katikkiro.

Parliamentary Commissioners Prossy Mbabazi Akampurira, Solomon Silwany, and Esther Afoyochan, who, along with Mpuuga, are accused of awarding themselves Shs 1.7 billion from the Parliamentary Commission, were in attendance.

Many anticipated that the embattled commissioner of Parliament would use his thanksgiving ceremony to announce the formation of a new party.

However, the former Leader of Opposition, who is at odds with the National Unity Platform's leadership, insisted that he remains a member of the party.

"For those asking if I plan to announce a new party, becoming NUP President, or President of Uganda, let me answer them. I am capable of doing those three things, but my focus is on nurturing the youth to become good leaders," Mpuuga said.

"What I have gone through has taught me many lessons, and starting today, I will observe what others do, not what they say, before deciding to work with them."

Mpuuga said he was committed to inclusive governance and the pursuit of reform over personal ambition.

"Some people think they have the keys to unlocking local politics, but I am not afraid of anyone because when I entered politics, I did not call anyone," said Mpuuga.

He called upon like-minded individuals to join him in a journey towards what he termed a "bloodless leadership change," indicating a departure from the conventional power dynamics in Ugandan politics.

Acknowledging challenges and betrayals he has faced, Mpuuga remained resolute.

"No one is going to continue to tarnish my name and leave unchallenged," he said.

He expressed gratitude for the lessons learned, underscoring that identity should not be exploited for personal gain.

While acknowledging his capability to serve in powerful positions within the country, Mpuuga reaffirmed his priority to overhaul the political landscape first.

"I can serve well in the most powerful positions in the country, but I will not prioritize it," he said, highlighting his commitment to enhancing political processes.

Mpuuga urged supporters and skeptics alike to scrutinize his intentions transparently.

He called upon fellow politicians to refocus on key issues impacting Ugandans' lives instead of struggling to put each other down.

"There are key issues that require redress, like how resources are shared among Ugandans, the overwhelming size of Parliament, and service delivery," he noted.

In his message delivered by his second deputy, Mr Robert Waggwa Nsibirwe, Charles Peter Mayiga, the Katikkiro of Buganda, praised Mpuuga's leadership since he started his journey with the Buganda Kingdom.

"I thank Mpuuga for thanking God for what He has enabled him to do, just like the Bible characters who thanked God," he said.

Mayiga added that Mpuuga has never denied or insulted anyone since he started politics.

"I encourage politicians to communicate mutual respect and forgiveness. I pray that God will continue to bless Mpuuga and his family," he said.

Mpuuga has been accused of corruption by his party, creating tensions among its members, with some supporting him and others siding with party President Robert Kyagulanyi. He has repeatedly denied these allegations.

The dispute arose from a service award of Shs1.7 billion that he and three other commissioners from the ruling National Resistance Movement awarded themselves in 2023.

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