Rubaga South Member of Parliament (MP) hopeful Walter Lubega Mukaaku has denied allegations circulating in the media that the National Unity Platform (NUP) president, Robert Kyagulanyi, sacked him from the party’s electoral commission (EC) committee.
Earlier this week, Kyagulanyi reshuffled some of the members who were on the party’s EC, dropping Makaaku who has been the vice-chairperson and Margaret Rugumba.
During a media briefing which was chaired by Mukaaku, Medard Sseggona and their supporters in Rubaga, Mukaaku revealed that he had not been sacked but had a big load on his shoulders and requested Kyagulanyi to relieve him of some duties.
“I was not sacked, I decided to step back from my duty as the EC vice-chairperson but this does not mean that I have left the party, I am doing mobilisation on the ground,” Mukaaku revealed.
He added that he decided to step down because he was the only person who could do that kind of mobilisation better, whether paid or not.
Makaaku further stated that when Kyagulanyi appointed him, he expected a leader that could front the party objectives and goals with or without help from other party members and he was among the best candidates.
“NRM candidates had started to threaten my constituency in Rubaga where I’m aspiring to be MP. How could I just sit and watch when the constituency is threatened.
I had to go back to the ground because I knew that something was not right,” he added.
Mukaaku revealed that there had been rumours that he had been promoting the objectives and goals of his former party, Democratic Party (DP), and had a conflict of interest between DP and his current party. “I have never served two masters and I can never do that. I can never go back to DP,” he said.
The NUP party spokesperson, Joel Ssenyonyi, also confirmed that Mukaaku had not been fired, adding that they only reshuffled the EC committee because they wanted a person who is doing his duties full time which Mukaaku admitted that he could not.
He added that Mukaaku was an aspirant who had to do mobilisation on the ground for Kyagulanyi and in his constituency.