Mathias Mpuuga, the Leader of Opposition whose proclamation is much-awaited this Tuesday afternoon, has this morning convened a session of his shadow cabinet to generate consensus on what he will be communicating (on the floor of Parliament) in response to the government’s last week statement trivializing matters relating to missing persons, torture, state brutality and general human rights violations in the country.
We won’t deceptively claim to know what transpired at the Tuesday morning consultative shadow cabinet closed session but photos his media team sent out a short while ago indicate that the Nyendo-Mukungwe MP is determined to appropriately remain inclusive, consultative and transparent as always as he prepares to escalate his well-justified feud with the ruling government on the issue of impunity and human rights violations. He is doing all this at a time the country is being governed by people who have increasingly become accepted as not being capable of any shame anymore regarding human rights violations (as was recently articulated by their own Justice Minister Norbert Mao).
Refusing to be intimidated and cowed by endless speculative reports that his days as LoP are numbered (as his boss Robert Kyagulanyi is believed to be on the verge of unveiling a new LoP), Mpuuga (thick-skinned as always) is seemingly determined to go down fighting while reminding the rulers of Uganda of the extent to which they have naked in as far as human rights violations is concerned. This afternoon, many expect the very eloquent LoP to proclaim resumption of the boycott of plenary sessions as way of exhibiting continued solidarity with missing persons while at the same time pressurizing the regime to improve on its human rights record. The boycott resumption also amplifies publicity towards crude human rights violations which have become the trade mark of the Junta (as many opposition supporters contemptuously refer to the General Museveni regime these days).
The resultant local and international media publicity will naturally culminate into increased scrutiny which Gen Museveni, like all long-serving African strongmen, naturally won’t like. It makes him uncomfortable and hurts his efforts to globally portray his struggling Ugandan economy as an excellent investment and tourism destination. This is why the very uncompromising approach with which Mpuuga (who some say badly wants retention as LoP) is leading the opposition front in Parliament these days is hurting the veteran leader from Rwakitura in ways many won’t promptly realize or acknowledge. (For comments on this story, get back to us on 0705579994 [whatsapp line], 0779411734 & 041 4674611 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org).