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NUP sacks Deputy President Mathias Mpuuga 

National Unity Platform (NUP) party president Robert Kyagulanyi, alias Bobi Wine, has suspended Nyendo-Mukungwe legislator Mathias Mpuuga from the position of deputy president (Central Region).

Mpuuga is accused of allegedly engaging in acts of corruption and abuse of office when he accepted a good service award from parliament of UGX 500 million as an expression of appreciation for his work done as LOP.

Kyagulanyi says Mpuuga has failed to provide a satisfactory explanation for receiving this award, which the party perceives as corruption.

“You have thus far failed to provide any satisfactory explanation for engaging in this action (the good service award), which goes against the vision, mission, and objectives of the party,” Kyagulanyi says.

Kyagulanyi has therefore suspended Mpuuga from his opposition as deputy president (central region) and referred him to the National Executive Committee (NEC) for further processing of the matter.

Mpuuga had only been dismissed from the parliamentary commission a few days ago by the same NEC he has been referred to. NEC recalled Mpuuga’s nomination as commissioner to parliament, substituting him with Francis Zaake.

However, speaker of parliament Anita Among declined the request by the NUP to recall Mpuuga, saying political parties have no legal authority to recall a commissioner elected by parliament. Among them is parliament, which has the mandate to dismiss Mpuuga.

Mathias Mpuuga said earlier this week that he will not quit NUP because he is a ‘founding member’ despite criticism from a section of party members.

Mpuuga said he will be criticized from within the party.
He further claimed that he was to embark on a mission to reform the party, a thing he will do with a few members that concur with him in regards to the ongoing disputes in the party.

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