NUP drops ‘corrupt’ Mpuuga as Parliamentary Commissioner, nominates Zaake

NUP drops 'corrupt' Mpuuga as Parliamentary Commissioner, nominates Zaake
Nyendo – Mukungwe MP, Mathias Mpuuga (Left) and Mityana Municipality MP, Francis Zaake (Right).

Kampala, Uganda | By Michael Wandati | The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the National Unity Platform (NUP) has made the decision to recall the former Leader of Opposition (LoP), Hon. Mathias Mpuuga, from his position as Parliamentary Commissioner, nominating Hon. Zaake Francis Butebi to take on the role.

Dr. Lina Zadriga Waru, the Acting National President of the party, communicated this resolution to Hon. Mathias Mpuuga in a letter dated March 15th, 2024.

Dr. Zadriga has disclosed that the National Executive Committee convened on Monday, March 4th, 2024, to deliberate on grave accusations of Corruption and Abuse of Office leveled against Hon. Mathias Mpuuga.

During the meeting, which Mpuuga was invited to but opted not to attend, the NEC made the decision to recall him from the Parliamentary Commission if he fails to furnish a satisfactory written explanation within seven (7) days.

NUP’s Press Statement

Hon. Mpuuga’s office acknowledged receipt of this notification on Tuesday. This course of action became imperative after Mpuuga declined strong advice to step down in the interest of the public.

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The resolution stems from allegations that on March 6th, 2022, while serving as Leader of Opposition (LoP), Mpuuga participated in a meeting with the Speaker of Parliament and three other Parliamentary Commissioners, where they purportedly granted themselves a sum of Shs 1.7 Billion under the controversial ‘Service Awards’ scheme.

Hon. Mpuuga has admitted to attending the meeting and acknowledges receiving Shs 500 Million as part of the Service Award, while the other three commissioners allegedly received Shs 400 Million each.