Mpuuga: NUP MPs will shine

Mathias Mpuuga swearing-in as MP

Mathias Mpuuga, the Buganda region deputy president of the National Unity Platform (NUP) is optimistic that his party’s MPs will surprise the skeptics with a star performance once Parliament get down to execute it mandate.

NUP emerged from this year’s general elections as the dominant opposition party, sending to Parliament about 60 MPs – almost double the number of seats that were taken by the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) that had dominated opposition politics over the past 15 years.

The majority of the NUP MPs are new on the political scene. Some of them like Geoffrey Lutaaya (Kakuuto) and Hillary Kiyaga popularly known as Dr. Hilderman, came off the stage to join politics having been inspired by their party president, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine).

To some political commentators, such is a group of political novices who may not measure up to the task.

Speaking to journalists immediately after taking oath as Nyendo-Mukungwe MP, Mpuuga said that even those seen as seniors had a first time in Parliament.

“Everyone has first time, as long as you are available and willing to learn, there’s no magic in going about the task. We are their seniors, we will help them to learn, the good thing they are young people with energy and willing to learn. Even me I was new in 2011, so we shall support them, we have already embarked on the task of helping them cope with their mandate,” Mpuuga said.

Mpuuga further said that he hopes to use his time in Parliament rallying his colleagues to push government to ensure that the country enjoys the rule of law.

“We can take water to all rural areas, build schools etc but without the rule of law, we will never have sustained progress,” Mpuuga said.

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