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Akecha, the National Unity Platform flag bearer in Omoro County Parliamentary
by-election says he wouldn’t contest if Andrew Ojok Oulanyah, hadn’t been
fronted as the NRM flag bearer.
Toolit says he was not interested in the race but decided to join the contest
after the former legislator and Speaker of Parliament Jacob L'Okori Oulanyah’s
son was chosen.
Ojok 32, was first endorsed by President Museveni late last month before the NRM
party unveiled him as its official party flag bearer last week in Omoro
Toolit claims that choosing Ojok instead of other mature and experienced
candidates within the NRM was a poor judgment that provoked him to contest.
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out:…seen me here.”
Toolit who was a member of the Forum for democratic Change-FDC party was
unveiled as NUP flag bearer by the party’s President Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi
late last month.
He explained that crossing from FDC to NUP was a better choice since they are
currently the strongest Opposition political party in the country with the
highest numbers of Members of Parliament.
“At the moment…
contested earlier with Oulanyah in Omoro County in the 2016 Parliamentary
election and came second with 9,088 votes against Oulanyah’s 11,044 votes. He
however claims the election was rigged and cast doubt on the fairness of the
coming by-election arguing that they will do their best to safeguard their
//cue in: “The late didn’t…
among three other candidates who were nominated on the first day of nomination
on Thursday in Omoro District Council hall. the others are Jimmy Walter Onen,
Terrence Odonga all independent candidates, and Oscar Kizza, the Alliance for
National Transformation-ANT party flag bearer.
Party Chairperson for Omoro District Denis Kidega however says Ojok was chosen
as the party’s flag bearer based on his leadership competencies.
He adds whereas it’s true, that the mantle was given owing to the passing on of
his father who previously held the same seat, Ojok as an individual possesses
the required skills and educational level that warrants him to contest.
“We are in a period of mourning, and choosing Ojok as the flag bearer is one
way of wiping the tears of mourners in Omoro. Ojok is capable and we believe he
can make a great leader in Omoro,” He said.
Ojok was nominated on Friday by the
Omoro District Returning Officer Moses Kagona.
Ojok in his address said he intends to foster unity among the people of Omoro
and put emphasis on the upgrade of roads, clean access to water, and revamping
the education sector.
//cue in: “I want to…
asked the people of Omoro to desist from acts of violence arguing that the
by-election should bring unity instead of divisionism.
//cue in: “let’s have peace…
including Akecha and Ojok picked up nomination forms for the Omoro County
Other candidates who are yet to return their nomination forms are Jolly Grace
Laker, Eric Lajul, Andrew Okot, all independent, Brian Cana of Justice Forum
(Jeema and FDC flag bearer Dick Denis Owani.