Other than the Leader of Opposition, a position provided for under Article 81 of the 1995 Constitution as amended in 2005, there are nine other positions in parliament that NUP is set to take up. These include the Opposition Chief Whip, ane leadership of the four accountability committees; the Public Accounts Committee-PAC, Committee on Commissions Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises-COSASE, Local Government Accounts Committee and Committee on Government Assurances.
The National Unity Platform-NUP, a new political outfit in Uganda, emerged as the most dominant opposition political
party having won 61 parliamentary seats. This effectively means that it’s the party
to provide opposition leadership in parliament.
The Forum for
has been providing opposition leadership in parliament for the last 15
years, since the rebirth of multipartism in Uganda, thanks to its
numerical strength. But FDC has now been beaten to the trophy by NUP
with 61 against 36 MPs.
the Leader of Opposition, a position provided for under Article 81 of the 1995 Constitution
as amended in 2005, there are nine other positions in parliament that NUP is
set to take up. These include the Opposition Chief Whip, ane leadership of the
four accountability committees; the Public
Accounts Committee-PAC, Committee on Commissions Statutory Authorities and
State Enterprises-COSASE, Local Government Accounts Committee and Committee on
All these positions come with budgets that make them
attractive and powerful, and now NUP is in the process of identifying who among its members
will be chosen as the Leader of the Opposition and those that will take up the other positions.
people who are familiar with the discussions in the nascent party told
URN that there are a lot of calculations currently taking place before
the final choices are announced. Although there
was a slight chance of defeating Museveni in the general election based
on the enthusiasm
among the population, one MP told us, NUP’s shot at getting closer to
first becoming the leaders of the opposition.
According to the Administration
of Parliament Act, as amended in 2006, the office of the Leader of Opposition is
equivalent to that of a Cabinet minister and enjoys such privileges as those
that accrue to the cabinet minister.
“There is a lot of money under the Leader of Opposition’s
office, which we want to use for our political work. Our first assignment is to
get that money and use it to fight Museveni,” the MP said.
This perhaps explains why NUP had a candidate for
every constituency especially in the Central region where the incumbent was
from another opposition political party. Asked whether they will take up the
leadership roles in parliament despite insisting that their presidential candidate,
Kyagulanyi won the election, Joel Ssenyonyi himself an MP-elect for Nakawa West
in Kampala answered in the affirmative.
“Having positions in
parliament gives us another
platform for us to agitate for a better country. It actually helps the
we are involved in to change leadership in Uganda,” Ssenyoyi said. He,
however, added that they are now putting a lot of emphasis on trying to
build a case about the
fraudulent nature of the 2021 general elections.
“MPs take their oath of office
in May, we still have to sort out issues relating to the presidential elections
because we have irrefutable evidence that the results the Electoral Commission
was declaring are different from those we have on our declaration forms,”
While meeting part of the 61 MP elects yesterday,
Kyagulanyi rallied them to use their newly-acquired status to continue fighting
for a new Uganda. He told them, that their election to parliament shouldn’t
be seen as their turn to get rich.
“The people of your constituencies have accredited you
and this is when you begin to give that leadership. While they want you to
represent them in parliament, they want you to assert the voice of freedom and
an end to the dictatorship. You don’t forget the mission,” Kyagulanyi said.
being considered for LOP
URN has leant that there
are three people being considered for the position of leader of the opposition in Parliament. The
three are Mathias Mpuuga [Nyendo-Mukungwe], Patrick Nsamba Oshabe [Kassanda
North] and Medard Lubega Sseggona. However, another person we
spoke to included John Baptist Nambeshe.
Of the four MPs under
consideration, two; Mpuuga and Sseggona have served in parliament so far for
10-years while the other two; Oshabe and Nambeshe have been in parliament for
only five years.
Nambeshe are Kyagulanyi’s deputies for Buganda and Eastern region respectively
hence making them the most senior party members of parliament which gives them
an edge over the other two.
The other three leaders in the party who were
elected to parliament include; Flavia Kalule Nabagabe [Kassanda woman, Women
League chairperson], Joel Ssenyonyi [Spokesperson] and Aisha Kabanda. It's most likely that they will zero down to Mpuuga who
seems to be having more advantages than the other three contenders.
Sseggona, Mpuuga is the only one of the 10 former Democratic Party MPs who crossed
to NUP in August last year who fully embraced Kyagulanyi as their leader.
“Many of those guys joined Kyagulanyi for political survival.
Actually, you remember Betty Nambooze even said that she only got the umbrella
because it’s raining in DP. That when the rain stops, she will go back,” said
another source close to NUP leader.
“You don’t want to empower someone who
will become a burden in the future when they start their own power base,” the
source familiar with Kyagulanyi’s thinking added.
This source also said that Nambeshe is being
considered more to chair PAC than either taking over the Leader of Opposition or the chief whip positions.
His candidature would also be a hard sell
especially considering the fact that all but three of the 61 MP elects come
“But he would be a good choice especially with
accusations from Museveni that NUP is sectarian” said another NUP, MP-elect.
Of the four candidates currently under consideration who will not be chosen as
the LOP, the source told us, they will automatically scoop one of the four
positions of the committee chairperson. When asked about these calculations,
Ssenyonyi said this discussion is premature.
“We have not had that discussion yet but this doesn’t mean
that people are not trying to strategize.
Those interested in
positions have started calling colleagues to try and lobby them to look
at them favourably,” Ssenyonyi said.
Before going into this year’s elections, NUP had an attachment to at
least 16 legislators, among them independents and those who crossed from
These include Kyagulanyi himself [independent Kyadondo
East], Francis Zaake , Betty Nambooze[DP
Mukono municipality], Allan Ssewanyan, Moses Kasibante[Independent
Lubaga North], Ssempala Kigozi, Latif
Ssebaggala, Joseph Ssewungu,
Veronica Nanyondo, Mathias Mpuuga,
Florence Namayanja, Patrick Nsamba Oshabe,
David Kalwanga, Muwanga Kivumbi, Medard Lubega
Sseggona and Robinah Ssentongo[Kyotera woman. However, before she
died last month she had returned to DP].
Of the 16 MPs who
joined NUP, three
lost their seats in this month’s election after contesting as
independents; they include Kasibante, Ssebaggala and Ssajjalyabeene, who
all lost to NUP candidates.