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Why NUP should prepare to Trek on the same tale, if not the worst?

Odeke Bazel
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The National Unity Platform (NUP), emerging as the leading opposition party with 61 MPs in parliament, took the nation by surprise when it appointed the Leader of the Opposition (LOP), adhering to guidelines. However, NUP’s subsequent decisions to shuffle leadership positions, from Hon. Mathias Mpuuga to Hon. Joel Ssenyonyi, reflect a proactive approach to accommodate new leaders.

Yet, like many prominent political parties grappling with challenges posed by the ruling regime, NUP has not been exempt. It’s already making headlines, with social media pundits dissecting and drawing conclusions. As the saying goes, the higher the monkey climbs, the more exposed it becomes – it’s time to scrutinize NUP comprehensively.

Unfortunately, within a short span, NUP finds itself facing internal strife, potentially leading to its downfall. Observers may argue: if well-established parties succumbed, what fate awaits their successors? As a “pressure” group, internal tensions were inevitable.

While Hon. Mathias Mpuuga faces accountability over alleged financial improprieties, reminiscent of past disputes within the FDC, NUP risks replicating its predecessor’s fate. Internal discord, fueled by media sensationalism, threatens the party’s unity and integrity.

Reflecting on the FDC’s demise, where internal conflicts led to factionalism and public scrutiny, NUP must tread carefully. Transparency in financial matters is paramount, and internal disputes should be resolved through dialogue, not media spectacle.

Yet, within a year, NUP appears to repeat history, mirroring the Bourbons’ infamous amnesia. The persistence of financial scandals raises questions: is there truly an opposition in Uganda? If so, why do they fail to learn from past mistakes?

Leaders must prioritize justice, equality, and the public good over personal gain. Understanding the nuances of leadership, distinguishing between ontology and epistemology, is crucial. There’s a time for dialogue and a time for discretion. Corruption, though pervasive, demands strategic eradication, lest it detonate like a nuclear bomb.

In conclusion, NUP’s journey highlights the challenges facing Uganda’s opposition. Learning from past missteps is imperative for its survival. As leaders navigate these turbulent waters, they must prioritize integrity, unity, and the common good.

Odeke Bazel Researcher/Political Commentator/Social Worker – Pallisa District