Although there are 457 MPs in the Tenth Parliament, only 427 are actively in the field campaigning to return in the 2021 elections.
At least 30 Members of the 10th Parliament are not seeking to return to the next Parliament, after they willing exited the race or were
defeated in the party primaries and didn’t contest as independents.
Half of the 30 MPs are those that were defeated in the
National Resistance Movement Elections (NRM), while 8 of these opted not to
contest as MPs.
Some MPs who opted out are Minister of Foreign Affairs
Sam Kutesa who fronted his daughter Shatsi Kutesa Musheru, Minister for Local
Government Raphael Magyezi who opted out, and Mbale Municipality MP Jack Wamanga Wamai who decided
not to contest.
Others are; Florence
Namayanja the Bukoto East MP who has opted to contest as Mayor, Winnifred Kiiza
, the Kasese Woman MP who has joined the Alliance for National Transformation, and Judith Babirye the Buikwe Woman MP who travelled abroad.
Of the five youth MPs, only two; Ishma Mafabi the Eastern
Youth MP and Ocar Omony the Northern Youth MPs are not returning while others
are seeking to contest for directly elected or woman MP seats.
URN spoke to some of the aspirants who said their next move
is to live a private life, while others have opted for Business.
Jack Wamanga Wamai, a former Diplomat and MP Mbale
Municipality says that he decided against contesting because the matter had
become full of conflicts.
He says infighting in the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) caused
a lot of problems and he chose to opt out. He says he was personally attacked
because of his stand on the Mbale forest land giveaway to expand the city.
Wamai was in support of giving away the forest while other
party members and leaders in Mbale strongly opposed the give away of the Mutoto
forest to allow developers expand Mbale town.
Wamai says this conflict made him to decide to step down and
concentrate on private business.
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Oscar Omony, the Norther youth MP is one of the NRM MPs who
decided not to contest after losing in the NRM primaries. Omwony contested against
Tonny Awany for the Nwoya MP Seat and lost, but decided against running as an
He says he will now resort to business and farming, a passion that runs through the family.
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Charles Ilukor, the MP Kumi County says that he is done with
elective politics. He says after losing in the NRM primaries, he recalled he
had made a promise to the people that he would serve only one term. He says he
therefore decided to drop the ambitions of returning as an Independent
candidate and now will go for private business.
Ilukor says he is not a career politician and most of all he
has accomplished his vision. He says as an accountant, businessman and farmer,
he will go back to where he was.
He says he is lucky to be out of Parliament, because it is
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The MPs are entitled to salary until May when the new
parliament comes in.
The Lists of MPs Exit for other pursuits
1. Robert Kyagulanyi, Kyadondo East 2. Sam Kutesa, Mawogola North 3. Winnie Kiiza, Kasese Woman MP 4. Judith Babirye, Buikwe Woman MP 5. Raphael Magyezi, Igara West MP
6. Jack Wamanga Wamai, Mbale Municipality
7. Nabila Naggayi, Kampala Woman 8. Isham Mafabi, Youth MP Eastern 9. Florence Namayanja, MP Bukoto East MP
MPs who lost in NRM Primaries
Evelyn Anite, Koboko Municipality MP 11.
Charles Ilukor, MP Kumi County 12.
Oscar Omony, Northern Youth MP 13.
Mary Karoro Okurut, Woman MP Bushenyi
Musumba Isaac Isanga, Buzaaya MP 15.
Moses Kizige Bugabula North MP 16.
Nakate Lilian the Luwero Woman MP 17.
John Bosco Lubyai 18.
Abraham Byandala, the Katikamu North 19.
Peace Kusasira, Mukono District Woman MP 20.
Benny Namugwanya, the Mubende Woman MP 21.
Amos Mandera, Buyamba County MP 22.
Michael Tusiime , Mbarara Municipality MP 23.
Lawrence Bategeka, the Hoima Municipality MP 24.
Muruli Mukasa, the MP Budyebo County
Mayanja Mbabali, Bukoto South MP 26.
Henry Okello Oryem, Chua East MP
Grace Kwiyucwiny , the Woman MP Zombo 28.
Adolf Mwesigye, MP Bunyangabu County
John Byabagambi, Ibanda South MP 30.
Gabriel Ajedra, the Vurra County MP