One of the longest-serving Workers’ Representatives in Parliament Dr Sam Lyomoki has lost his seat, bringing to an end his tour of five uninterrupted terms.
Since1996 the time the house was expanded to cater for Special Interest Groups as per the 1995 constitution, Dr Lyomoki has been representing Workers until he was trounced in the January 18th 2021 election.
The election which was won by Margaret Namubiru who polled the highest number of voters (290 votes) to secure her second term, saw three incumbents bounce back.
Lyomoki’s election campaign was premised on the Minimum Wage Bill as his performance scorecard and he used the same to woo support from delegates who gathered at Kibuli secondary school until his race ended on Monday night.
How Workers voted;
Dr Lyomoki polled 114 votes only which put him in the eighth position on the tally of 18 candidates. Margaret Namubiru polled the highest number of voters (290 votes) to secure her second term; Arinaitwe Rwakajara came second with 271 votes, former Sports Minister Charles Bakabulindi came third with 228 votes while Dr Abudul Byakatonda the General Secretary of Uganda scientists and Researchers Union Trustee came fourth with 174 votes.
The rules and guidelines of the Electoral college stipulate that the first four candidates with the highest number of votes are considered winners.
Meanwhile, Agnes Kunihira Abwooli beat Annet Birungi, the National Treasurer of the Nurses Union, with 332 votes against 161 votes to retain the female Workers’ MP slot.
Other candidates who lost in the race include; outspoken Dr Anthony Obuku Ekwaro the former Chairperson Uganda Medical Association who got only 101 votes, Usher Wilson Owere the National Organisation of Trade Unions (NOTU) Chairman General who garnered only 70 votes, Sam Amanyire (151 votes), Uganda Infrastructure Union General Secretary Robert Wanzusi Matukhu (149 votes), Uganda Public Employees Union (UPEU) chairperson and National Council of Sports (NCS) board member Agatha Namirembe Ereme (131 votes), Anthony Wanyama who polled 39 votes, Mary Agan Apuun (15 votes), Andrew Steward Obita (15 votes), Twaha Kiganda (12 votes), Moses Nuhotwemereire (5 votes) and Godfrey Cherop (3 votes).