The successful candidates include Helen Asamo who polled 594 votes, Alex Ndezi 519 votes, Joyce Achan 458 votes and Bumali Mpindi 413 votes. Asamo, Ndezi and Achan were sponsored by the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party while Mpindi ran as an independent.
Hood Katuramu, the incumbent representative of persons with
disabilities-PWDs for Western Uganda has lost in the highly contested PWDs
elections held at the Jinja based civil service college on Monday. The
race attracted 14 candidates from political parties and independents to fill up
the four PWD parliamentary slots.
The successful candidates include Helen Asamo who polled 594
votes, Alex Ndezi 519 votes, Joyce Achan 458 votes and Bumali Mpindi 413 votes.
Asamo, Ndezi and Achan were sponsored by the ruling National Resistance
Movement-NRM party while Mpindi ran as an independent.
Katuramu scooped the fifth position with 293 votes followed by Rose Achayo in
the sixth position with 281 votes; Edson Ndirabakunzi came in the seventh
position with 122 votes. The Forum for Democratic Changes’-FDC, Denis Ouma came
eighth c with 23 votes followed by Francis Mugwanya in ninth position with 19
votes and Aaron Nsubuga came tenth with seven votes.
FDC’s Emmanuel Candia polled four votes; the Alliance for
National Transformation candidate-ANT, Brian Ampereza earned three votes, DP’s Francis
Olanya while Richard Anguyo, an independent didn’t get a single vote. Speaking
to journalists shortly after being declared elected, Mpindi pledged to lobby
for the amendment of the PWDs act so as to enable delegates to elect regional
leaders who can better understand their plight.
He explained that PWDs face numerous challenges when it
comes to accessing quality service delivery, saying he plans to draft bills,
which will foster visible affirmative action for PWDs in the whole country.
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In the other election, the National Resistance Movement-NRM party
candidate Laura Kanushu was declared the newly elected women representative for
persons with disabilities-PWDs in Parliament.
Kanushu defeated the incumbent Safia Nalule, an independent candidate
with 538 votes against Nalule’s 175 votes. Another independent candidate Agnes Nasirumbi
garnered 10 votes.
Kanushu promised to improve the livelihoods of PWDs and their
families through lobbying of bursaries to ensure that, they have access to
quality education which is equivalent to that of their other counterparts
without any form of disabilities.
She further promised to lobby other legislators into enacting
clear laws aimed at protecting the rights and freedoms of PWDs at all times.
728 delegates drawn from 146 districts across the country participated in the