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NRM Caucus Elects James Kakooza for EALA

Legislators under the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party have elected former Kabula County MP, James Kakooza to represent Uganda in the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA).


Legislators under the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party have elected former Kabula County MP, James Kakooza to represent Uganda in the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA).

Kakooza now replaces the former representative of Uganda, Mathias Kasamba who died in May. The voting by MPs under the NRM Parliamentary Caucus was held at Kololo Independence Grounds.

He beat other contestants in the race with 93 votes followed by the former State Minister for Tourism, Godfrey Kiwanda who garnered 85 votes.

Kasamba's long-serving personal assistant, Abbas Mutumba got 54 votes, followed by Kenneth Nsubuga Ssebagayunga with 3 votes and former Gomba Woman MP, Nakato Kyabangi 1 vote. 

The other contestant, Umar Lule dropped out of the race during his open campaign speech.

"I therefore declare Kakooza James who has polled the highest number of votes (93) representing (39.2%) as the duly elected Member of Parliament to the East African Legislative Assembly 2021," reads part of the declaration form by Tanga Odoi, the NRM Electoral Commission Chairperson.

Meanwhile, the MPs also voted representatives to the NRM Parliamentary Caucus Executive chaired by Government Chief Whip, Thomas Tayebwa.

Kitgum Woman MP, Lilian Aber went through unopposed for the position of Secretary General while the MPs elected Kibuku County MP Herbert Kinobere (130 votes) as Vice Caucus Chairperson, Napak Woman MP Faith Nakut (108 votes) as Treasurer and Kagoma North MP, Alex Kintu (126 votes) as P PublicitySecretary.

The others who contested for the position of Vice-Chairperson included Padyere County MP Isaac Otimgiw, Bugiri Woman MP Agnes Taaka, and Matheniko County MP John Baptist Lokii.  

Busia Woman MP Hellen Wandera and Dan Kimosho representing Kazo County also participated in the Publicity Secretary race, while the contest for Treasurer position had Ntungamo Woman MP, Josyline Kamateneti as well as Erute North MP Christine Akello.

Earlier on, Government Chief Whip Thomas Tayebwa requested MPs to approve a resolution to pay 200,000 Shillings monthly towards the NRM party work. Out of this, 150,000 Shillings is to directly support the party secretariat while 50,000 Shillings is to be retained by the NRM Parliamentary Caucus.

In his remarks, Richard Todwong the NRM Secretary General noted that renewal of any party leadership in the Eleventh Parliament would be based on performance and appraisals.

He also emphasized that acts of corruption and absenteeism would not be tolerated. 

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