The National Unity Platform has selected Honourable Mathias Mpuuga to lead the Opposition in the 11th Parliament. This was confirmed through a communique released by the Party Secretary-General David Lewis Rubongoya earlier today. Having won the second majority parliamentary seats, 62, during the January 14 polls, NUP assumed the mantle to lead the opposition in the August House, pushing FDC to the back seat.
Fresh from the Speakership race where the Robert Kyagulanyi led party channeled their support behind former speaker Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga who was eventually felled by her decade-long deputy Jacob Oulanyah, today’s meeting was capable of fronting a few surprises. Meanwhile, NUP showed its commitment to work with the rest of the opposition as some of the appointees do not subscribe to Plot 13d Old Kira Rd, Kampala.
Nevertheless, the Nyendo Nkungwe legislator saw off tight competition from his Manjiya counterpart John Baptist Nambeshe. NUP’s Deputy President for the Buganda region is expected to keep the government in check and appoint a shadow cabinet. The former secondary school teacher replaces Forum for Democratic Change’s Betty Aol Ochan.
Honourable John Baptist Nambeshe was appointed the Opposition Chief Whip and will be deputized by Kyebakutika Manjeri. Manjeri is a member of parliament representing women in Jinja district. The former Opposition Chief Whip, Ssemujju Nganda lost miserably in the just concluded Speaker elections.
Meanwhile, the Public Accounts Committee will be under the stewardship of city lawyer and Busiro South MP Medard Seggona. The articulate parliamentarian will be deputised by Bugiri Municipality’s Asuman Basalirwa who also doubles as JEEMA’s president.
Party spokesperson Joel Ssenyonyi will steer the the Parliamentary Committee of Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE). The silver-tounged Nakawa West MP will be assisted by Lucy Akello, the Amuru District Woman MP.
In similar fashion, Mukono Municipality MP will oversee the Government Assurances Committee (GAC). However, Nambooze will have Kalungu County West’s Joseph Ssewungu Gonzaga for a deputy.
Former Gulu district LC5 Chairperson, Ojara Martin Mapenduzi who ditched FDC before winning the Bardeg-Layibi MP slot as an independent will chair the Local Governments Accounts Committee. Democratic Party’s Paulson Luttamaguzi Ssemakula will deputise Mapenduzi as Kassanda County North’s Patrick Nsamba Oshabe is sent to the Pan-African Parliament.
Bussujju County’s David Kalwanga Lukyamuzi is the representative to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Commission. Kassanda District’s eloquent Flavia Kalule Nabagabe has been posted to the Inter-Parliamentary Union with Honourable Aisha Kabanda of Butambala district sent to Parliamentary Pension Fund.