Mpuuga: NRM Dominated Parliament Is Uganda's Major Problem

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Masaka Municipality Member of Parliament, Mathias Mpuuga says he is going to strive to have more non-National Resistance Movement party MPs in Parliament.

The Masaka Municipality Member of Parliament, Mathias Mpuuga says Uganda's biggest problem is a Parliament dominated by the ruling National Resistance Movement Party members.

Mpuuga has been nominated as Democratic Party candidate to contest again for Masaka Municipality MP seat. 

Mpuuga who claims to have achieved most of his priorities set out in 2011 manifesto says his next energy will be dedicated to reducing the number of NRM MPs in Parliament in February general elections.

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He faces Herman Ssentongo, the former Sembabule LC 5 Chairman, who is the NRM candidate and Raymond Ssebugwawo, an Independent candidate.

Andrew Batemyetto, the DP candidate seeking to unseat Vice President, Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi in Bukoto Central agrees with Mpuuga. 

He says although Ssekandi has been in Parliament since 1996, he has not done much for the constituency. He says Sekandi only succeeded in passing various bad laws that help keep President Yoweri Museveni in power.

But Ssekandi, denies Mpuuga's allegations. Ssekandi who says he will not retire soon, says the current Parliament has been one of the best performing.

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Gonzaga Kagumba, a voter from Lwengo says he fears there could be even more NRM MPs in the next Parliament. 

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MP Frida Nanziri Mubanda, the incumbent Masaka Woman MP who is also the NRM candidate for the same seat has defended the Kyankwanzi meetings.

She says they go to Kyankwanzi to harmonize party positions on contentious issues to avoid clashing at the floor of parliament, and not to take orders from president Museveni.


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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

Truant children will attract Bindhe's attention until he gets to the bottom of their truancy: poverty and the need to work to earn bread for their families. These are the kinds of stories Bindhe is often after.

Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.