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.
politicians in Kitgum district have sprung up to vie for political offices
against old guards in the Chua East and Kitgum Municipality in the 2021 general
Chua East County is currently represented by Foreign Affairs State Minister
Henry Okello Oryem while the Kitgum Municipality parliamentary seat is occupied
by Beatrice Anywar, all members of the ruling National Resistance Movement
has been in Parliament since 2001 while Anywar, a former Forum for Democratic
Change [FDC] party stalwart joined parliament in 2006 as the Kitgum Woman
will now face an uphill task against a generation of new politicians, among
them youth within the NRM party and the opposition who have vowed to dislodge
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.
Onen Acen joins three others, Silver Otim, Charles Onen all independent
candidates and Godfrey Luwa on NRM ticket in the race for Chua east constituency.
Acen says that there is a need to bridge the leadership gap between the young
and the old for a better representation of the country.
He notes that the youth who have been sidelined from leadership now present a
much more secure future for the country at a time the elders are phasing out.
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Acen says his focus is to empower youth with an agricultural mindset and
rejuvenate the collapsing education and health sector in Chua east
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Henry Kissinger Oryem, who is poised to tussle it out with Anywar in the NRM
primaries says limited efforts have been done by current legislators to promote
youth interest. Both Oryem and Anywar have since been nominated by the NRM
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Oryem says his focus is to address the leadership challenge in Kitgum
Municipality through dynamic representation and relaying the view of the
community instead of self-opinions.
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Anywar, however, says that the youth are becoming unmanageable and notes that
they still need time to be mentored into good leaders without overriding the
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She notes that the government has offered space for youth to freely participate
in the country’s political space but most have been ‘sleeping’ leaving leaders
outside their youth bracket to easily win them in elections.
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Also in the Kitgum Municipality parliamentary race is Michael Banya of the
National Unity Platform-NUP, Denis Onekalit Amere- Forum for Democratic Change and
Jimmy Olanya Olenge from Uganda People Congress-UPC.
In the 2016 general election, Anywar polled 5,656 votes defeating her close
rival Denis Onekalit Amere who garnered 2,941 votes.