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EALA MP Elections Atrracts 20 Aspirants

The race for the East African Legislative Assembly-EALA seats has attracted more than 20 aspirants.
The race for the East African Legislative Assembly-EALA seats has attracted more than 20 aspirants.

They are Anselm Sebuguzi, an Engineer, Kakande Kenneth Paul, DP acting publicity secretary, Vincent Paul Mayanja, deputy secretary general, Francis Katabalwa a lawyer, Fred Dennis Mukasa Mbidde, DP legal advisor, former MP Herman Bujumba, Salaam Musumba, Wandera Ogalo, Susan Nakawuki, former Busiro East MP and John Kazoora.

 

Others are Mike Sebalu, Bernard Mulengani, Nusura Tiperu Oliver Wonekha, Janet Okori-Moe and Susan Nampija. Each of the five member states of East African Community sends 9 members. The EAC act provides for the election of legislators after every five years.  Awere Phibby Otaala, one of the aspirants says that her main goal will be to focus on areas where Uganda has comparative advantage compared to the other states.

 

She lists the areas such as Education, Medical care, Security and modernizing agriculture. The term of the current assembly expires in June 2012. Despite the failure by parliament to determine how the 9 seats should be shared amongst the political parties represented in the house several aspirants have launched their campaigns to woe support from members. Currently, Uganda is represented by the FDC and NRM MPs.

 

However, article 50 of the Treaty of the East African Community stipulates that the National Assembly of each Partner State shall elect, not from amongst its members of the Assembly who shall represent as much as it is feasible, the various political parties represented in the National Assembly, shades of opinion, gender and other special interest groups in the Partner States, in accordance with such procedure as a National Assembly of each Partner State may determine.

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