NUP leaders in Masaka suspend mobilisation drive over transparency querries

NUP leaders in Masaka suspend mobilisation drive over transparency querries
Mathias Mpuuga

In a surprising turn of events, leaders of the National Unity Platform (NUP) in Masaka city have taken a dramatic step by suspending their mobilization campaign dubbed Kunga that was set to be held in greater Masaka region.

The decision was made during a heated meeting chaired by Mathius Mpuuga, who is the NUP vice president for Buganda region, but also Member of Parliament for Nyendo Mukungwe division in Masaka city.

The primary reason cited for the suspension revolves around transparency issues among some Kunga coordinators.

Allegations were raised against specific leaders, with Meddie Katugga being singled out for allegedly supporting members from the National Resistance Movement (NRM) and other political parties, thereby undermining elected NUP leaders.

Dr. Abed Bwanika, the Member of Parliament for Kimaanya Kabonera in Masaka city, accused certain Kunga coordinators of engaging in undisclosed meetings with Gen. Salim Saleh, President Museveni's brother.

Bwanika claimed that these clandestine gatherings were a source of funding to subvert NUP activities under the guise of promoting Kunga initiatives.

"Attending meetings with Gen. Salim Saleh raises serious concerns about the motivations of certain Kunga coordinators. It appears they are receiving financial support to undermine the very party they claim to represent," remarked  Bwanika.

In response, Mathias Mpuuga, tasked by NUP Party President Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu to address leadership issues in Buganda region, justified the decision to suspend Kunga activities in Masaka city.

"I cannot sit idly and watch NUP leaders become a public nuisance. Transparency is paramount for the success of our party. Suspending Kunga activities in Masaka is a necessary step to cleanse the party of those working against its principles," stated  Mpuuga.

Last year, during a visit to Masaka, Kyagulanyi  specifically tasked Mpuuga with cleaning up NUP leadership in Buganda region.

In response, Mpuuga said  he would start with Masaka city, his hometown.

However, Faridah Nabatanzi, the coordinator of Kunga in Buganda region, expressed regret over Mpuuga's decision, implying that it reflects ill intentions against the party.

"Mpuuga's decision to suspend Kunga activities in greater Masaka is regrettable and shows his ill intentions against the party. We stand by our commitment to NUP and its values," said Faridah Nabatanzi.

The suspension of Kunga activities in Masaka city marks a critical moment for NUP  as it seeks to address internal issues and ensure the party's integrity and transparency moving forward.

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