NRM Party To Elect Flag Bearers For EALA
The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party will convene its caucus to elect representatives at the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA).
The party, which is expected to convene at State House, Entebbe on February 7, 2017, will elect six out of the 43 candidates vying to join the regional Parliament in Arusha, Tanzania in June this year.
Some of the candidates who have expressed interest in the six seats include former State Minister for Economic Monitoring, Henry Banyenzaki, former Nyabushozi MP Mary Mugyenyi, former Kakuuto MP Matthias Kasamba, Lillian Aber, Stella Kiryowa and Patrick Nsanja.
Last week, the NRM’s top decision making organ, Central Executive Committee (CEC) met to vet the candidates. The NRM chairman, President Yoweri Museveni is reported to have advised that all candidates face of with the NRM MPs, who will elect the final six candidates.
During the caucus meeting, the candidates are expected to hold campaigns, presenting their manifestos detailing their aspirations.
NRM Electoral Commission chairman, Dr. Tanga Odoi will preside over the elections.
Meanwhile, the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party has elected former Kaberamaido Woman MP, Florence Ibi Ekwau as its candidate for the EALA race.
FDC held its internal elections at their party offices in Najjanankumbi, Kampala in which Ekwau beat off stiff competition from FDC Secretary for Mobilisation, Ingrid Turinawe with a 20-18 vote.
Ekwau will join the elected NRM candidates on February 27, 2017, when Parliament will approve the final list of candidates to represent Uganda at EALA.
According to FDC spokesperson, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda confirmed the development, stating that the party will now lobby for support from Parliament to vote its candidate.
Last month, Parliament voted to include special interest groups among the candidates. They include workers, Women, the Youths and People with Disabilities.