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NRM endorses late Oulanya’s son for Omoro MP seat

By Melanie Aanyu,

President Museveni who doubles as the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) chairman has directed that the party flag for Omoro County by-election be given to Andrew Ojok Oulanyah, the son of the late Speaker Jacob Oulanyah.

This was after the NRM aspirants and leaders failed to agree on the choice of a sole candidate to carry the party’s flag in the by-election.

At least six party members had expressed interest to contest in the Omoro County Parliamentary seat that fell vacant following Oulanyah’s demise.

The aspirants included Omoro District Chairperson Douglas Peter Okello, Andrew Olal, Francis Rwotlonyo, Richard Bongowat Luganya, and Ben Acellam.

Oulanyah’s family members following his demise had demanded that his 32-year-old son Ojok be fronted unopposed to finish his father’s term in Parliament.

The move was, however, greeted with resistance among the aspirants and some members of the NRM party in the region.

Media reports indicate that in a meeting between the aspirants and the president last night, Mr Museveni is said to have ordered all NRM contestants to step down for Ojok.

The electoral commission has set May 26, 2022 as the date for the Omoro County Parliamentary by-election.