The National Resistance Movement (NRM)
party has been buoyed by two additions to its numbers in Parliament, with
Harriet Businge (NRM, Hoima) and Christine Nakwang (NRM, Kaabong) taking oath
The ceremony presided over by the
Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, during plenary on Wednesday, 2 October
2019, was the climax of intense political jostling for the position between the
NRM and the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC).
For MP Nakwang, her main rival, FDC’s
Judith Nalibe Adyaka pulled out of the race in a letter to the Electoral
Commission (EC), citing financial frustration and accusing her party of
The EC, just like FDC, rejected her
decision to jump out of the race, paving the way for her resounding defeat.
MP Businge had to endure a dust-raising
political competition with FDC’s Asinansi Nyakato, who was backed by all
Ms Businge edged over Ms Nyakato with
4,512 votes, although the Opposition left the race claiming foul play.
The Minister for General Duties in the
Office of the Prime Minister, Mary Karooro Okurut, mobbed by jubilant MPs and
ecstatic supporters in the public gallery, to welcome the latest entrants who
now bring the number of MPs to 461.
MP Nakwang is no stranger in Parliament,
having served as MP for a year, before being booted out.
“Although you [MP Nakwang] have been
here before, I welcome you and wish you well,” said Speaker Kadaga.
Kadaga welcomed them to the House,
handing them copies of the Constitution, the Rules of Procedure and the
Directory of the 10th Parliament.