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NUP recalls Mpuuga, nominates Zaake as Parliamentary Commissioner

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The National Unity Platform (NUP) has resolved to recall the former Leader of Opposition in Parliament (LoP), Mathias Mpuuga as the Parliamentary Commissioner.

Mpuuga is accused of engaging in acts of corruption and abuse of office when he reportedly, together with the NRM Parliamentary Commissioners irregularly allocated themselves Shs1.7 billion Service Awards in a meeting chaired by Speaker Anita Among.

According to rule 95 of the Parliamentary Commissioner rules of procedure, a parliamentary Commissioner may be removed from office on grounds of incompetence; misconduct; or failure or refusal without justifiable reason to execute the duties of the Office of Commissioner.

The rules indicated that a motion for a resolution for the removal of a Commissioner shall be initiated by a notice in writing to the Clerk, signed by not less than one third of all the voting Members of Parliament, indicating their intention for moving the motion for the removal.

A motion for the resolution under this rule shall be placed on the Order Paper, fourteen days from the date on which notice to remove the Commissioner shall have been communicated to the Clerk. A Parliamentary Commissioner shall later be removed upon the vote of at least half of all voting Members of Parliament.

Dr. Lina Zedriga Wáru, the acting Principal of NUP, the National Executive Committee of the party convened earlier today to consider the response by Mpuuga to the accusation that he engaged in acts of corruption and abuse of office.

“Although he responded to NEC’s request to show cause why he should not be recalled from the Parliamentary Commission, he did not provide any satisfactory explanation for engaging in this grave action which goes against the mission, values and objectives of the Party. In particular, he did not make any attempt to respond to the specific accusations leveled against him” she said.

“NEC has resolved to recall Mathias Mpuuga from the Parliamentary Commission on account of corruption, dishonesty and abuse of office, and to notify Parliament of the same. NEC further resolved to nominate Zaake Francis Butebi as Parliamentary Commissioner,” she said.

Zaake was i was illegally removed from that role in March 2022 in order to pave the way for investigation on his conduct.

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