By Ivan Mwine
Masaka Municipality Member of Parliament Mathias Mpuuga has landed in things after he was selected by the National Unity Platform (NUP) party, which is led by Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, to fill the position of Leader of Opposition in the 11th Parliament.
Mpuuga was selected by the NUP Central Executive Committee (CEC ) which sat at the Party headquarters in Kamokya, Kampala, on Friday morning, which was chaired by Bobi Wine.
Besides Mpuuga, other NUP leaders were selected to fill various other positions in parliament, among them, being John Baptist Nambeshe, the Manjiya County MP, who was handed the position of Opposition Chief Whip.
- Medard Segona – Chairperson, PAC
- Joel Ssenyonyi – Chairperson COSASE,
- Betty Nambooze – Chairperson Gov’t Assurances
- Francis Zaake – Commissioner for Parliament
- Ojara Martin – Chairperson Local Government Accounts Committee
- Luttamaguzi Ssemakula – Vice-Chairperson, Local Government Accounts Committee.
It should be noted that since NUP has the biggest number of legislators compared to other opposition parties, it legally has the mandate to avail candidates for various positions in parliament.
The exercise comes a few days after the 11th Parliament officially kicked off business, following the election of Omolo County MP Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah as the Speaker, replacing Kamuli District Woman MP Rebecca Kadaga, who had occupied the position for 10 years.
Mpuuga is a Ugandan politician, Lawyer and Teacher by profession.
Formerly a Democratic Party member, Mpuuga, who is the Deputy President of the NUP Party in charge of the Buganda region, joined the National Unity Platform (NUP) in 2020 and was reelected in the January general election as MP.