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Mbidde, Opoka Among 9 EALA Representatives :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Mbidde, Opoka Among 9 EALA Representatives

Democratic Party legal advisor Fred Mukasa Mbidde and Chris Opoka, a veteran Uganda People’s Congress politician, are among the nine members elected to represent Uganda at the East African Legislative Assembly. Also on the list is Susan Nakawuki, a youthful lawyer and former Member of Parliament for Busiro East in the 8th parliament who contested as an Independent.

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Democratic Party legal advisor Fred Mukasa Mbidde and Chris Opoka, a veteran Uganda People’s Congress politician, are among the nine members elected to represent Uganda at the East African Legislative Assembly.

 

Also on the list is Susan Nakawuki, a youthful lawyer and former Member of Parliament for Busiro East in the 8th parliament who contested as an Independent.

 

These join six incumbents who were re-elected to the regional parliament on the ruling NRM ticket. They include Dan Kidega, Bernard Mulengani, Mike Kennedy Ssebalu, Dora Byamukama, Nusura Tiperu and Margaret Zziwa.

 

The results announced by Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga saw Kidega top the 17-man race with 273 votes. Mulengani came second with 272 votes while Ssebalu was in third position with 271 votes. Byamukama and Tiperu polled 268 and 266 respectively, while and Zziwa garnered 260 votes.

 

Mbidde, who early this year petitioned the East African Court of Justice to challenge the process of the EALA elections in Uganda, polled 247 votes while Opoka, a city advocate managed 233 votes.

 

Nakawuki was the surprise candidate managing to beat seasoned politicians Ben Wacha and Martin Wandera, who were all standing as Independents. Nakawuki polled 106 votes well ahead of Wandera with 95 votes and Wacha with 87 votes.

 

The race also had Andrew Niwabiine who got 16 votes, Dr Edward Kayondo with 11 votes and Moses Nuwagaba with votes.

 

The other Independents included Jack Nsubuga, Twinomugisha Mugisha, and Nicholas Babigumira.

 

The speaker ordered the Clerk to Parliament to publish the results and send the names to the EALA. She observed that both women and the youth have been represented.

 

Moses Ali, the Deputy Leader of Government Business in parliament also advised the elected legislators to forget about their individual interests and represent Uganda uniformly. In his view the cream has been sent to Arusha.

 

The elections were marred by drama when an emotional Leader of Opposition, Nandala Mafabi suspended three political parties from the shadow cabinet. The suspension followed what Mafabi, a member of the Forum or Democratic Change party officials called betrayal by Democratic Party, Conservative Party and Uganda People’s Congress. The three parties went ahead and nominated candidates for EALA against an agreed position by the opposition to boycott the elections.

The elections bring to a close the much politicized campaigns and intrigue that engulfed the process.

 

FDC ends up being the biggest loser as they now have no representative at EALA.

But the party says the fight is not yet over having lodged a petition in the East African Court of Justice challenging the voting process. Following the party primaries on Tuesday, almost a week after the nominations deadline,  FDC officials Augustine Ruzindana and Anita Among, who were endorsed as the party candidates will have to wait for court to rule on their petition.

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