Oulanyah warns Ministers on contesting as Independents

Deputy speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah who won Omoro County Member of Parliament ticket for National Resistance Movement has advised ministers who lost to respect peoples’ choice.

Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanya
Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanya

More than ten ministers lost elections to represent NRM in the coming general elections including Lands Minister, Daudi Migereko (Butembe), Public Service Minister Seezi Mbaguta (Rukungiri) and State Minister of Health, Sarah Opendi (Tororo), State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Asuman Kiyingi (Bugabula South), ICT State Minister Nyombi Thembo, State Minister for Economic Planning Vincent Nyanzi, State Minister for Elderly Suleiman Madada and Minister in charge of General Duties, Prof Tarsis Kabwegyere ,Justice Minister Gen Kahinda Otafiire (Ruhinda); and Education Minister, Jessica Alupo (Katakwi).

Addressing media yesterday, he implored them not to contest as independent candidates.

State Minister of Health, Sarah Opendi has so far said that she will contest as an independent candidate.

“The same people vote you, the same people throws you out. So how do you explain it? People have changed their mind,” he said

Commenting on the irregularities that marred the party elections countrywide, Oulanyah said the party attempted to bite what it could not chew in the name of democracy.

“Sometimes we bite more than we can chew in the name of democracy. And it may not be fair on our side. Last elections, I participated in the primaries, you would write the names. I think in their estimations, they settled for a ballot paper which had names some of them misspelt, some of them missing names… we are trying to do what is beyond our capacity,” he said.

He noted that NRM electoral commission did not have the proper tested, logistical, man power and related things even legal frame work to govern disputes.

He said party electoral commission official tried their best but their best was not good enough to match the challenges.