Mpuuga is my fellow Catholic and role model, I can’t judge him - Dr Hilderman

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Mpuuga is my fellow Catholic and role model, I can’t judge him - Dr Hilderman
Dr Hilderman (left) says Mathias Mpuuga is from a tribemate he cannot judge by signing the censure motion

Mpuuga has been facing criticism for receiving a controversial Shs500 million service award in 2022, leading to a censure motion by some MPs.

Mawokota North MP Hillary Kiyaga, also known as Dr Hilderman, has finally addressed questions about his silence regarding corruption allegations against fellow legislator, Mathias Mpuuga.

Mpuuga has been facing criticism for receiving a controversial Shs500 million service award in 2022, leading to a censure motion by some MPs.

Despite calls for him to speak out or join the critics, Dr Hilderman, a member of National Unity Platform (NUP), chose to remain quiet.

Speaking at a recent gathering, the legislator explained that his silence stems from his respect for Mpuuga as a fellow Catholic and role model.

“Even court judges are advised to step aside in cases involving relatives to avoid conflicting interests," he said.

"I failed to decide on Mpuuga because of conflicting interest; he is my fellow Catholic and Muganda who has been guiding me and serving as my role model. How do you expect me to judge him?”

Dr Hilderman said it was important to avoid a conflict of interest and stated that he would rather assess the situation carefully than rush to judgment.

"Was I expected to condemn him to crucifixion? It was necessary for me to remain silent, as that is the level of respect instilled in us from a young age. It is preferable to keep quiet rather than risk bringing harm," he said.

"Integrity has always been a part of my character, which is why I made the decision to stay silent. In my silence, I opt to analyze the situation thoroughly."

He said he will not be swayed by pressure and will follow his heart in deciding how to proceed.

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