NUP appoints Mathias Mpuuga Leader of Opposition in Parliament

NUP appoints Mathias Mpuuga Leader of Opposition in Parliament
Mathias Mpuuga being interviewed after swearing in as Nyendo-Mukungwe Division Member of Parliament

Kampala, Uganda | URN | Mathias Mpuuga has been appointed the Leader of Opposition (LoP) in the 11th Parliament. He replaces Betty Aol Ocan of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party.

Mpuuga’s appointment was announced on Friday 28, May 2021 by David Lewis Rubongoya, the secretary-general of National Unity Platform (NUP).

Mathias Mpuuga is the Nyendo-Mukungwe Division MP and NUP deputy president for the central region. As the largest opposition party with 59 MPs in the 11th Parliament, NUP is obliged to appoint the LoP.

The LoP is supposed to keep the government in check and also appoint the shadow cabinet. John Baptist Nambeshe, the deputy president for Eastern Uganda and Manjiya County MP was appointed the opposition chief whip.

Deputy chief whip is Kyebakutika Manjeri, the Jinja District Woman MP while Busiro South MP Medard Ssegona is the chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and will be deputized by Asuman Basalirwa, the Bugiri Municipality MP.

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Joel Ssenyonyi, the Nakawa West MP is the chairperson of the parliamentary committee of commissions, statutory authorities and state enterprises (Cosase) and will be deputized by Luck Akello, the Amuru District Woman MP.

Others appointed include Betty Nambooze as chairperson of government assurances committee. Her deputy is Joseph Sewungu, the Kalungu West MP. Martin Ojara Mapenduzi, the Bardeg-Layibi MP is the deputy chairperson.

The Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake has been appointed as commissioner of parliament.