Just a week after the formulation of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Buganda caucus at the Kyankwanzi parliamentary retreat, Hon. Mathias Mpuuga the Masaka Municipality legislator has joined the chorus of those criticizing this forum.
Speaking to Chimpreports, rubbished claims by the section of ruling party members that this grouping has been formed to accelerate development in the region.
He wondered why NRM legislators some of whom are members of government’s executive branch have not used their positions to lobby for such initiatives in the past.
“Tell me what stopped Hon. Kakooza a former minister, Hon. Muyanja Mbabali or Sam Kuteesa from pursuing the interests of Buganda? Forget the nomenclature of we are lobbying, who stopped you from lobbying? In fact the biggest scandal is that some of them belong to the mainstream executive so who stopped them from lobbying?” Mpuuga asked.
The MP suspects that this could be a plot to dupe their unsuspecting party chairman H.E President Yoweri Museveni that they are active on the ground in the run up to the 2021 general elections, yet they are not in reality.
“None of the individuals that were selected has this region at heart. They are just politicking and wishing to use the name of the region as a huge platter for pilau. Some of these fellows are just being creative aware that their principal is no longer following issues that keenly. Bagala Muyiya, so to say”, Mpuuga adds
Among those elected to the new caucus is Kabula County MP James Kakooza who was elected chairperson, deputized by Nakaseke South MP Syda Bumba with Kasanda South MP Simeo Nsubuga serving as the Publicity Secretary.
Other members on the executive are; Muyanja Mbabaali the Bukoto South MP as Treasurer, Bukoto Mid-West MP Kasozi Muyomba the secretary elect and Foreign Affairs Minister/Mawogola county MP Sam Kahamba Kuteesa as the Patron.
Regarding the deletion of non-NRM legislators from the Buganda parliamentary caucus Watsapp group, MP Mpuga requested for a formal apology from its chairperson and state minister for tourism Hon. Godfrey Kiwanda Suubi.
In response, Kiwanda expressed remorse but said that it was just a technological mishap that led to the removal of members from this communication platform not personal vendetta as alleged by some.
According to media reports, Kiwanda forcefully ejected regional legislators hostile to the ruling NRM party from the Watsapp forum a day after a parallel Caucus was established in Kyankwanzi.
On the issue of switching to the parliamentary system as espoused by a section of NRM MPs, Mpuuga a former national coordinator for defunct Action for Change pressure group (A4C) wrote off this whole proposal saying President Museveni would not be willing to let go of his overwhelming powers to a section of parliamentarians.
“I do not see President Museveni surrender his power to members of parliament because he is one man who would not like Parliament to hold him at ransom. Him knowing that his MPs are a group of ransomers”, he opines.
However, he added that in case it is to happen, then it has to be subjected to a national referendum as stipulated by the constitution.