Speaking to Uganda Radio Network in an interview on Thursday, Oryem says being a senior carder and long term serving NRM party member, he chose to stay out of the race to encourage other young party members and carders to respect the party constitution.
Speaking to Uganda Radio Network Oryem conceded defeat but noted that he never anticipated losing the elections. Oryem, however, says despite the surprising outcome of the elections, he had always planned for an exit, from 2006, when he lost the seat to Livingstone Okello-Okello.
Luwo was declared winner of the hotly contested Chua East county at half past midnight by the Kitgum Registrar Cyrus Odongkene. He polled 14,906 votes representing 62.62 percent of votes cast against Oryem’s 9,036 votes.
The locals who had participated in the NRM primary elections in Lalekan polling station in Kiteny village demanded to get all Kiteny sub-county results from the presiding officer to enable them to understand the results between incumbent Chua East legislator Henry Okello Oryem and Godfrey Luwo who was reportedly leading in most polling stations.
In Chua East Constituency, a 29-year-old former primary school teacher and radio presenter contesting on an independent ticket has already shown interest to run against Oryem. Robinson Onen Acen joins three others, Silver Otim, Charles Onen all independent candidates and Godffrey Luwa on NRM ticket in the race for Chua east constituency.
Rwot Acana traveled to London in March for personal business but was caught up after the United Kingdom announced a lockdown and grounded all flights in and outside the country as a measure to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Oryem notes that the government is already making strides to protecting districts at the various borderlines were some foreigners are suspected to be infiltrating through porous routes by deploying soldiers. Kitgum and Lamwo districts both borders South Sudan which has several unmanned porous border points.