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Museveni backs Oulanyah’s son, Opposition plans to stage one candidate

The Director of Communications at the NRM secretariat Emmanuel Dombo revealed that Museveni held a meeting with NRM leaders and NRM -leaning aspirants for the MP by- election and agreed to support the late Oulanyah’s son.

Dombo said: “The President of Uganda and National Chairman of NRM today held a meeting with NRM leaders and aspirants for the MP by-election. In order to maintain party unity & cohesion, all the NRM aspirants decided to support Andrew Oulanyah because it is decent to honour his fathers Legacy.”

The 31-year old Ojok, and the eldest of Oulanyah’s children, currently works with the National Information Technology Authority of Uganda (NITA-U).

The Electoral Commission, in accordance with the constitution, released the roadmap for the Omoro county by-election indicating that the successor to the late MP will be chosen on May 26, 2022.

However, the opposition are also planning to nominate a joint candidate to contest with the National Resistance Movement party candidate in the Omoro county parliamentary by-election.

Chagga Oyat, the FDC coordinator in Acholi sub-region however says whereas they have strong candidates, they are looking at the possibility of fronting a joint candidate against NRM.

Oyat notes that fronting a single candidate in Omoro County will help the opposition defeat the NRM. He however says the candidates selected from each of the opposition political camps will undergo vetting before a winner is declared to hold the joint opposition flag.

Robert Mugabe, the spokesperson of ANT in the Acholi sub-region says the proposal is a welcome move that will help the opposition garner victory in Omoro district. He however says the choice of the joint candidate must be conducted in a free and fair manner.

Justine Simpleman Obol, the spokesperson of DP in Gulu City says the party hasn’t yet made a decision of supporting a joint candidate. He however says the idea is a good move for the opposition party in ensuring a win against the NRM.

Caesar Lubangakene, the National Unity Platform (NUP) Northern Regional Spokesperson in an earlier interview noted that they were yet to hold discussions to come out with their candidate or support another candidate.

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