Bobi Wine and Latigo exert pressure on Mpuuga to resign

Mathias Mpuuga addressing journalists. PHOTO/COURTESY

Summary:

  • Mpuuga has since refused to resign, saying he would not succumb to pressure from the intrigue and machinations of a clique of powerful family members in NUP

The President of the National Unity Platform (NUP), Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, also known as Bobi Wine, has declared his determination to take firm action against corrupt party officials. He insists that Mathias Mpuuga, the former Leader of the Opposition in the House, must return the Shs 500 million “service award” he received from Parliament, issue an apology to Ugandans, and step down from his role as the Commissioner of Parliament.

Mpuuga was present at a meeting in Speaker Anita Among’s office where it was decided to grant a one-time payment of Shs 500 million to the Leader of the Opposition and Shs 400 million to backbench Parliament commissioners.

During a NUP leaders’ gathering, Mpuuga reportedly expressed remorse for benefiting from the irregular payment and was urged to resign as Commissioner of Parliament. This controversy has ignited a social media frenzy and sparked internal strife within NUP.

Despite pressure to resign, Mpuuga has refused, citing resistance against what he perceives as political vendettas within the party.

Bobi Wine disclosed during a meeting with party leaders from Wakiso district that Mpuuga admitted to participating in the wrongful allocation of the Shs 500 million. He emphasized that Mpuuga’s actions were intended for personal gain rather than benefiting others within the party.

The exposure of corruption threatens to divide Uganda’s most prominent opposition party in the lead-up to the 2026 elections.

Mpuuga has rejected calls to resign, characterizing them as part of a political smear campaign orchestrated by certain members within NUP, possibly referring to Bobi Wine and his close associates.

The Parliament Spokesperson, Chris Obore, defended the payments received by Mpuuga and other Parliament commissioners, labeling them as legitimate compensation for their services.

Former leaders of opposition in Parliament, such as Prof Morris Ogenga Latigo and Wafula Ogutu, have denounced the money as illegal, questioning its source and authorization.

Bobi Wine cautioned party leaders against squandering taxpayer money and reiterated their commitment to fighting corruption by setting an example of integrity and accountability.

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