President Yoweri Museveni also chairman of the National Resistance Movement-NRM party has summoned all aspirants seeking to replace former Omoro County MP the late Jacob Oulanyah to statehouse for a meeting.
Eleven people including Andrew Ojok a son of the former speaker have expressed interest in the seat. However, only four of the aspirants subscribe to the NRM party.
Oulanyah died in Seattle, US on March 20th and was laid to rest at his home in Omoro on April 8th 2022. Consequently, the Electoral Commission set May 26, 2022, as the date for the Omoro County by-elections. The voters’ register update exercise will run from April 14-19 2022.
According to the road map, the nomination of candidates will take place from May 12 to May 13 at Omoro District Council Hall, while the campaigns will take place from May 16 to 24, 2022.
The aspirants vying for the seat from NRM include the Omoro LCV Chairperson Douglas Peter Okello alias Okao, Oulanyah`s son Andrew Ojok, Omoro District Speaker Richard Bongowat Luganya, and Oulanyah`s former campaign manager Ben Acellam.
According to Denis Kidega the Omoro District NRM party chairperson, the aspirants were summoned for planning purposes and on how to secure victory during the elections.
The four aspirants together with Kidega are already in Kampala and the chairman says that the meeting is scheduled for Tuesday. It seeks to create harmony and build consensus for a preferred candidate.
While Okello says he is willing to abide by the party`s decision citing that it is the supreme body to determine his fate, he is quick to add that he had already embarked on consultations with the electorate.
Meanwhile, Richard Bongowat also confirmed being part of the meeting and says that the meeting will also focus on other issues affecting Omoro County.
Oulanyah`s son Andrew Ojok was fronted by the family of Jacob Oulanyah and other NRM party leaders to vie for the position. However, this decision has faced resistance from other party members.