Mathias Mpuuga, the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, has stated that they are still committed to bringing about regime change in Uganda.
Mpuuga made the remarks while speaking to journalists in parliament on the occasion of his 100th day in office. He was chosen by Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, the President of the National Unity Platform, after his party emerged as the major opposition group in the January elections, winning more parliamentary seats than all other opposition groupings.
He stated that he wakes up every day with the goal of deposing the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM, and that he will continue to advocate for change in the country’s political leadership on all fronts in order to secure justice for the people.
Mpuuga went on to say that the opposition will utilize its legislative agenda to try to overthrow the government. “It’s inconclusive.” It is a list of headlines and we try every day to update it. We’re currently working on a framework for putting this in place,” Mpuuga explained.
He did say, however, that his first 100 days in office were hampered by a lack of space, but that they are not irritated because it is a short-term issue that they are working on every day to improve and execute on their promise.
When it comes to the quality of debate in parliament, Mpuuga believes that opposition members should not be reminded to do their homework before making submissions, and that MPs should treat debate with information as a full-time job. He also stated that they must continue to focus their leadership on Ugandans’ concerns, as they are well aware of the public’s expectations.
“We will certainly create bills, but ours is a slower, deliberative approach that encompasses a wide range of different options. “As the opposition, I assure the country that we are not concerned,” he stated.
Meanwhile, the Leader of the Opposition emphasized that the National Unity Platform (NUP), the main opposition political party, is still unwilling to participate in activities of the Inter-Party Organisation for Dialogue (IPOD) because the ruling party has failed to respond to several of their issues, including human rights violations perpetrated against their supporters.
He believes that parties already in IPOD should show a legitimate cause why NUP should be part of IPOD and that they are only to join after establishing consensus on the topic.