DR. TANGA ODOI CLEARS 26 NRM CANDIDATES TO CONTEST FOR THE EALA VACCANT SEAT

. For many its a political gamble

Our Reporter

As the elections to fill the vacant seat at the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) draws near  some 26 candidates from the ruling party-the  National Resistance Movement (NRM) have expressed interest to contest  for the position .

Political pundits have attributed the high number of contestants to the urgent desire by many political actors to draw  President Yoweri Musveni’s attention for their individual selfish interests . ” Many of these ‘contestants’ have staked their Ug.shs.2M well knowing they will not be elected but at least they have a chance of receiving a call from the president to assure them about a possible political appointment. It is absurd that many Ugandans both young and old see politics as a money generating venture or employment ,” a seasoned national political observer stated .

The list forwarded to the NRM Party Central Executive Committee (CEC) by the NRM’s Electoral Commission Chairman , Dr. Tanga Odoi includes names of veteran politicians such as Prof. Mondo  Kagonyera, Sarah Nkonge Muwonge,, Amongin Jacquiline, James Kakooza and Godfrey Kiwanda.

Among the leading youthful contenders is  Ambrose Mulangira , Stella Kiryowa , Faridah Mayanja among others . Each of the contestant paid a non refundable fee of Uganda Shs.  2 M to fill the  East African Legislative Assembly (EALA)  seat that fell vacant after the death of Mathias Kasamba.

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