By Spy Uganda
Kampala: The Deputy Speaker Rt. Hon Anitah Among has declared Hon James Kakooza as the elected representative to the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA).
Earlier today, the House adopted the Report of the Verification Committee to consider nominees and applicants to fill a vacancy at EALA that recommended Hon. James Kakooza to fill the vacancy following the demise of Hon. Mathias Kasamba.
Parliament unanimously voted for James Kakooza who stood unopposed in the by-election as Uganda’s new representative with a total of 183 votes.
Kasamba, who was one of the nine representatives elected in December 2017 died in April after being admitted at Kampala hospital for three days having earlier collapsed at his home.
However, by the time of his death, Kasamba’s term was still left with more than a year to end in December 2022 and consequently, Uganda had to get a replacement.
The move followed a request by the ruling NRM party to parliament that vacancy created by the demise of the late Kasamba be filled by a nominee from the same party
The ruling party argued this was to promote the growth of multi-party democracy.
The former Kabula County legislator was consequently declared the ninth MP to represent Uganda in the East African Legislative Assembly.
Kakooza had earlier this month been chosen by the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Parliamentary Caucus.