By Spy Uganda
Kampala: HE. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni also ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) chairman has declared that the party flag for the Omoro County by-election will be given to Andrew Ojok Oulanyah, the son of the late Speaker Jacob Oulanyah.
Electoral Commission last month declared the Omoro seat and that of the women council representative vacant upon the death of its MP Jacob Oulanyah and the resignation of the woman councilor respectively.
“Following the death of the Directly Elected Member of Parliament for Omoro County Constituency, Omoro District, Rt. Hon Jacob L’Okori Oulanya and the resignation of the District Woman Councillor Lalogi/Lakwaya and the subsequent notification of the existence of the above vacancies by the Clerk to Parliament and the Chief Administrative Officer, Omora District respectively as required by law, Electoral Commission has approved a program to fill the above vacancies,” announced Electoral Commission.
After the above announcement, a couple of NRM party members expressed interest to contest for the above, and among them include; Oulanyah’s son Ojok Andrew, Omoro District Chairperson Douglas Peter Okello, Andrew Olal, Francis Rwotlonyo, Richard Bongowat Luganya, and Ben Acellam.
Meanwhile, it remains unknown whether the above party members will abide by their boss’ decision in favor of Ojok or will go independent.
Last month, Oulanyah’s brother, Francis Emanu made an announcement at the burial of Oulanyah saying that the deceased’s son is the only fittest candidate to take the Omoro Parliamentary seat.
“I am grateful Jacob left us with his children here. Ojok is a very educated person we would want the Government and the people of Omoro who believe in NRM and otherwise, to know that we are fronting Ojok to take the legacy of his father. We want Ojok to stand and come to the by-election for Omoro. We want your full support. Please, stand with the family and we take this man [Ojok] through. This is my special request for the people of Omoro especially. I know there are people who want to come in, but let’s consider the family, and all that Jacob has done,” he said.
Oulanyah was the Omoro County MP from 2001 to 2005 and then from 2011 until his death.
According to the family, the former Speaker had several plans not only for the constituency but for Omoro District and the northern region that he had yet to fulfill, and they believe that a successor from their family is best placed to fulfill them.