NUP Admits Lobbying for Speaker Among's UK Sanctioning

The National Unity Platform (NUP) asserts its role in the UK government's decision to sanction Uganda's Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among, and two former cabinet ministers, Mary Goretti Kitutu and Agnes Nandutu, for alleged corruption. 

NUP principal Robert Kyagulanyi, who has visited the UK, claims credit for this action, attributing it to the ongoing efforts of his party and other advocates for change in Uganda. According to him, they have consistently reported on corruption in parliament, particularly regarding the mismanagement of relief iron sheets in Karamoja.

The UK government's official document, released on April 30, stated that Anita Among, in her capacity as Speaker of Parliament, is implicated in serious corruption. Meanwhile, Kitutu and Nandutu are currently facing court proceedings for their alleged involvement in the misappropriation of Karamoja iron sheets.

In response to the sanctions, Among and the two others have suggested that they are being targeted due to their involvement in anti-LGBTQ legislation. However, Kyagulanyi dismisses this claim, arguing that if it were true, Asuman Basalirwa, who proposed the motion, would also face sanctions.

Kyagulanyi's broader hope is that Western nations will also intervene in addressing Uganda's human rights issues, particularly the cases of missing persons abducted during the 2021 elections. He has petitioned various international organizations on this matter, urging accountability for those responsible.

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