The verification committee of parliament has cleared 47 candidates to compete for the 9 slots of the East African Legislative Assembly.
According to a letter issued by Ms Jane Kibirige, the Clerk to Parliament, the committee Chaired by Beatrice Rwakimari (NRM-Ntungamo) has found all 47 fit for the regional assembly and the ball has been set for parliament to elect only 9 to Arusha.
The elections slated for February 28, 2017 will see 37 independents followed by the ruling National Resistance Movement with (6), Forum for Democratic Change (2), while both democratic Party and Uganda People’s Congress have only one candidate each.
If parliament maintains the existing guidelines the NRM will take 6 out of the 9 position, leaving only two and one slots for the opposition and independents respectively.
Earlier on Monday 20th February, the Government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa who also chairs the NRM Parliamentary caucus refuted any alliance with incumbents; DP’s Mukasa Mbidde, Chris Opoka (UPC) and Susan Nakawuki (Independent.)
“There is no alliance of any nature and believe the opposition can better organize themselves into fronting their interests,” she said.
Nankabirwa also said she would not dictate to her members on how to vote, but emphasized that the NRM MPs will be voting for all the six of its members, then any other three of their choice, two from the opposition and only one for independents.
There has been wide spread debate on the public acquaintance of DP and UPC with the ruling Party.
Full List of Candidates
|1||Mukasa Fred Mbidde||DP|
|2||Ekwau Florence Ibi||FDC|
|3||Kamateneti Ingrid Turinawe||FDC|
|4||Akol Rose Okullu||NRM|
|5||Musamali Paul Mwasa||NRM|
|9||Odongo George Stephen||NRM|
|11||Agaba Martin Edgar||Indep|
|12||Akwi Algresia Ogojo||Indep|
|13||Ariong Hellen Adeke||Indep|
|14||Basiime Richard Bashenyi||Indep|
|15||Bayiga Cissy Oeschger||Indep|
|16||Bwengye Lauben Muhangi||Indep|
|20||Kenyangi Janet Kikwaya||Indep|
|22||Matyoli David Innocent||Indep|
|26||Muyanja Hassan Ssentongo||Indep|
|27||Mwambazi Joseph Kazura||Indep|
|28||Mwambu Herbert Emmanuel||Indep|
|30||Nakawuki Susan Nsambu||Indep|
|32||Nassanga Jackline Oba||Indep|
|33||Nyero Francis Elton Lakelle||Indep|
|35||Okwere David Beecham||Indep|
|39||Paito Andrew Mutegi||Indep|
|40||Ruhinda Richard Nganwa||Indep|
|43||Ssali Khalid Lule||Indep|
|44||Tusiime Robert Alaali||Indep|
|45||Werikhe Gerald Wanzala||Indep|
|47||Yiga Joel Kamoga||Indep|