Why Do Ugandans Have To Choose Between A Marijuana Smoker and An Embezzler?


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As the rift in the National Unity Platform (NUP) continues to deepen, the warring factions headed by the party president, Robert Kyagulanyi, versus his defunct deputy president for Buganda, Mathias Mpuuga, have decided to go bear knuckle, exposing each other’s dirt publically.

At a recent gathering in Mityana Municipality, Mpuuga attacked his party president, commonly known as Bobi Wine, saying that he is always high on alcohol and marijuana, hence there is no way he can oust President Museveni, who is always sober.

“If you want to be a leader, you must be sober 24 hours a day. The person we want to push away doesn’t go to bars; he’s always sober. And he doesn’t even drink wine,” Mpuuga said.

In no time, Kyagulany had responded to his nemesis, pinning him on the UGX 500 million he embezzled disguised as a service award. Speaking at a press conference held at the party headquarters in Makerere-Kavule on Friday, July 5, Kyagulanyi reminded Mpuuga that the marijuana smoker appointed him Leader of Opposition in parliament and later Commissioner, only for him to embezzle UGX500 million.

Emanating from Mpuuga’s support for the Anti-Homosexuality Act 2023, which was contrary to NUP’s stance of respect for the rights of sexual minorities, as stated in the party’s value of inclusiveness, the fallout has spiralled into a full-scale brawl over who should head the purported struggle for regime change.

However, with the dirt the two leaders are exposing about each other being factual, it is despicable for Ugandans to limit their choice of leadership to a renowned marijuana smoker and an embezzler who swindled hundreds of millions of taxpayers’ money.

It is unimaginable what kind of laughingstock Uganda will be if it changes from being led by a visionary revolutionary to a non-sober marijuana smoker who suffers from episodes of amnesia as a side effect or a cunning thief infamous for embezzling public funds.

With the vast choice of leaders Uganda has, the two uncultured political accidents should completely be out of the country’s leadership equation, let alone being allowed to contest for any political position. Even for NUP, which is dominated by Kyagulanyi and Mpuuga’s characters, it still harbours sober and corruption-free individuals who can steer the party without letting it go to the dogs.

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