The Leader of Opposition in Parliament Mathias Mpuuga has denied claims of disagreements among the top leadership of the National Unity Platform, NUP to which he belongs.
While addressing the media at his office at Parliament, Hon. Mpuuga noted that he has not heard a policy or decision disagreement to the level, but only saw what he described as “some form of a shabbily cooked story to wit” in a national daily.
“It is misplaced, it is meant to foment disagreements in the rank and file of NUP. A political party is an organization in the public domain; not somebody’s estate. If there are any fundamental departures on positions or approaches, they’re openly discussed, and such can’t constitute a fissure in the party. Sections of the media are part of the state apparatus they want to see NUP disintegrate. I want to disappoint them that it is not about to happen. When we meet, we deliberate on issues within & without the party – in the country, in Parliament, etc” said the LOP.
He added that the NUP leadership is not a bunch of fools that whenever an issue comes, they chorus about it; they deliberate. And that the intention of the retreat they had with the NUP MPs was to review their 6 months in Parliament.
“We agreed to improve, re-orient our young & new MPs to best represent their people and afflictions of the society. We discussed the major challenges in the country; Human Rights violations, the continued arrests of our members and the duty we have as the leading Opposition party and how best we can work with other parties to ensure that the final push of the dictatorship is a concerted effort” said Mpuuga.
The explanation follows reports that there was a disagreement in the top party leadership that saw some people miss the recently held retreat.