Uganda: Congratulations Hon. Chris Opoka-Okumu and Farewell Comrade Edward Segganyi (01.03.2017)
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“Politics is like monkeys’ dance, if you do not want the tail of monkeys to touch you, you don’t join their dance” – Fred Mukasa Mbidde
Who thought this would be race for the opposition to get golden tickets to the Star-ship and fly-away to moon? Who thought that the Movement would act like gentlemen and give what is proper to the opposition, than you haven’t followed class or known the Movement’s way of doing business. Surely it was all fixed at the State House, the result was pre-fixed and the time it took in Parliament was made to make the charade look like an open bazaar, when it was a closed session for the chosen few that the kingpin had decided.
The ones winning were these ones:
“Mukasa Fred Mbidde (DP),
Akol Rose Okulu (NRM),
Mathias Kasamba (NRM),
Mary Mugyenyi (NRM),
Paul Musamali Mwasa (NRM),
Dennis Namara (NRM),
George Steven Odongo (NRM),
Christopher Opoka Okumu (UPC),
Suzan Nakawuki (Independent)” (New Vision, 28.02.2017).
The official results and votes don’t really matter, the winners out of the 49 candidates, two who was from Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and none of them was elected. Surely, the FDC didn’t trade or give ways to the Movement. Therefore, the sudden resignation of Fred Mukasa Mbidde as Deputy President of Democratic Party (DP) before the EALA elections and he was even parts of the NRM EALA Primary Elections at the State House. Nevertheless, the man who was parts of the party that Museveni once a point in the time wanted to destroy dearly together with the Uganda People’s Congress, he has given one candidate from each party.
So who is this Christopher Opoka Okumu, the Nebbi representative who apparently was good enough for NRM MPs to vote for a another term for the UPC candidate, who wants James Akena to run for President in the next election, though that would alter the paradigm agreement done with Museveni. That is how the UPC-NRM agreement and why the UPC got even cabinet members this go around. Therefore, Museveni offers the UPC another slot in the EALA as thanks.
Dennis Namara is the former NRM Youth Chairman and Presidential Advisor for Youth, George Steven Odongo the former Resident District Commissioner (RDC) of Lira, Rosa Akol Okulu, the fomer Minister for Internal Affairs, Mary Mugyenyi, the former MP for Nyabushozi County and former State Minister for Animal Husbandry, Mathias Kasamba, the former Kakuuto MP, who lost in the NRM Primary in 2015.
Susan Nakawuki is a former UPC member of EALA, but this time around she went as an Independent candidate this time around. Last time she was representing UPC and as MP for Busiro MP, who even wasn’t believed to be an MP because of her dress-code in 2009, also been in trouble with the law in 2011. So after the issues, she still had capacity to get elected for EALA in 2012. So now she soon starts her second term in EALA as part of the Ugandan Delegation.
So the opposition that isn’t really opposition is the ones that one a slot to the EALA, because the ones been in EALA delegation there, are not rocking the boat or using the title to pressure anything vicious in the East Africa Community (EAC). Therefore, that Mbidde who was part of the celebration of the movement in Masindi and even parts of the Primary in the State House, the other UPC candidates are already spoiled by the wealth of EALA, that they do not want to cut their pay-check and lose their livelihood.
The others are old-timers and former leaders who certainly have traded favours with the president, as some of these lost out at the NRM Primaries in 2015. We the knowledge of the pay-checks coming with the service at the EALA, the price of getting the offer and lose out on being a MP for the NRM. Must seem decent for the loyalist that Museveni can count on to continue his trench-hold on all most of the seats anyway!
Like Nabilah Naggay Sempala wrote on a secret meeting in Parliament:
“The meeting scheduled at Parliamentary building for 10am according to sources at the Government Chief Whip’s office, is to strike a deal with the leaning independent Members of Parliament to vote for all the 6 NRM candidates. The NRM would also in turn vote an independent candidate who is yet to be agreed” (…) “In politics nothing is done until it is done. We need any potential ally at this time to comfortably secure victories today,” a source from NRM said. The independent members are 66 accounting for 16 percent of the total members and bigger than the combined opposition members” (…) “NRM has 6 candidates in the race including former ministers Rose Akol and Mary Mugenyi, former Government Chief Whip’s office Policy Analyst Paul Musamali, former RDC George Innocent Odongo and former NRM National Youth boss Denis Namara” (Nabilah Naggay Sempala, 27.02.2017).
So with this in mind that these members we’re mention in regards, plus the amount of fixed movement MPs there wasn’t hard to see how this would go. As well, the ones that one today are proven to be former losers in the Primary, therefore the meetings that was at the State House was making sure the loyal MPs of the past would get a secured livelihood after their days in Parliament. However, there are now also Youth League leader, RDC and Political Analysts that are now paid with a heavy salary in Arusha. You can just know that there have been a trade-off and Museveni offered it for creating no issues during the campaign of 2016. That has been visible as the NRM stalwarts was offered plenty. Expect other NRM former MPs to be hired as Envoys or even Ambassadors to the UAE or any other place with a Mission.
Enough of the mellow yellow brown envelope fellow! Peace.
Recently there been reports that yet again the government of Uganda has decided to split a certain numbers of counties into 39 new counties and in the end make the total amount of Member of Parliament (MPs) to 424 (Kisakye, 2015). This can only been seen as a calculated plan to gain more MPs by the government party to reign over this new counties. I will go through who will have to fight for new constituency and votes in newly created counties that the government wishes. This will be after the list that was on the Observer. I will take district after district. An over time I think you’ll see a pattern.
Agago County MPs:
|John Amos Okot||NRM|
|Judith Franca Akello||FDC|
Amuria County MPs:
|Francis Musa Ecweru||NRM|
Manjiya County MPs:
Bukedea County MPs:
|George Stephen Ekuma||NRM|
|Rose Akol Okullu||NRM|
Bukomansimbi County MPs:
|Deogratius (Deo) Kiyingi||DP|
Bulambuli County MPs:
|Irene Nafuna Muloni||NRM|
Dokolo County MPs:
|Felix Okot Ogong||NRM|
|Cecilla Barbera Atim Ogwal||FDC|
Gomba County MPs:
|Rosemary Muyinda Najjemba||NRM|
|Kyabangi Katusiime Nakato||NRM|
Kilak County MPs:
|Betty Bigombe Atuku||NRM|
Dodoth East – Kaabong County MPs:
Bulamogi County – Kaliro District MPs:
Kibuku County MPs:
|Moses Saleh Wilson Kamba||NRM|
|Sarah Mwebaza Wanene||NRM|
Nyabushozi County MPs:
|Beatrice Rusaniya Namala Barumba||NRM|
Kibanda County MPs:
|Sam Owor Amooti Otada||Independent|
Chua County MPs:
|Henry Okello Oryem||NRM|
|Beatrice Anywar Atim||FDC|
Kole County MPs:
|Joy Ruth Acheng||UPC|
Kumi County MPs:
|Patrick Oboi Amuriat||FDC|
|Christine Hellen Amongin Aporu||NRM|
Kiboga West County MPs:
|Ann Maria Nankabirwa||NRM|
Kyaka County MPs:
|William Ngabu Kwemara||NRM|
|Flavia Kabahenda Rwabuhoro||NRM|
Mwenge North County MPs:
Luuka County MPs:
|John B. Ngobi Bagoole||Independent|
|Evelyn Naome Mpagni N. Kaabule||NRM|
Maracha County MPs:
|Ruth Molly Ondoru Lematia||NRM|
Kashari County MPs:
Ruhinda County MPs:
Matheniko County MPs:
|Dr. John Baptist Lokii||NRM|
Aruu County MPs:
|CD Oketayot Lowila||NRM|
|Samuel Otto Odonga||FDC|
Kooki County MPs:
Mawogola County MPs:
|Sam Kahamba Kutesa||NRM|
|Anifa Kawooya Bangirana||NRM|
Soroti County MPs:
|Michael George Mukula||NRM|
Okoro County MPs:
|Stanley Oribdhogu Omwonya||NRM|
Butebo County MPs:
|Stephen Oscar Malinga||NRM|
Tororo County MPs:
Kibaale County MPs:
|Frank Kagyigyi Tumwebaze||NRM|
Aringa County MPs: (Will be three more districts)
|Achile Manoah Mile||UPC|
|Abason Huda Oleru||NRM|
Bugahya County MPs:
|James Kiiza Rwebembera||NRM|
Koboko County MPs:
|Margreth Diri Bara||NRM|
Kassanda County MPs:
|Thembo George William Nyombi||NRM|
East Moyo County MPs:
In numbers of the MPs that is on the line and getting new districts to get votes for re-elections in the 2016 elections. This here will be decisive for them. AS you can see that even some district has big birds and people who have been in the wind for a long time like Otafiire from Ruhinda County. But now let me show the numbers:
|NRM (National Resistance Movement)||45||69%|
|FDC (Forum for Democratic Change)||8||12%|
|DP (Democratic Party)||2||3%|
|UPC (Uganda People’s Congress)||3||4.6%|
|Total Sum of MPS:||65||100%|
This should be call on how the NRM wish to split the votes in certain areas so that they can eat more of the votes in next election. That they can take more of the independent votes and also from the opposition parties like FDC.
Let me show the areas that are being split not just name of main counties. Since Uganda has been split to smaller and smaller fractions and now is hard to remember where the “original” bigger counties where before they got into the humongous number of 424. So let see here:
|Part of the Country||Total Couties:|
|Buganda||VI – 6|
|Ankole||IIII – 4|
|Kigezi||0 – 0|
|Toro||II – 2|
|Bunyoro||II – 2|
|Acholi||VI – 6|
|West Nile||IIII – 4|
|Lango||II – 2|
|Karamoja||I – 1|
|Teso||III – 3|
|Sebei||0 – 0|
|Bugisha||0 – 0|
|Bukedi||II – 2|
|Busoga||V – 5|
(Aringa County will become three counties – North/South and Yumbe)
If you can quickly see it’s the central regions that have a certain level of changes like in the Ankole, Busoga, Bunyoro and Buganda. The number of counties which is changing in the central/eastern is 17 of 39. Other areas that are also getting a renovation from the government are the Acholi, West Nile and Karamoja which is the Northern parts of Uganda. The total of areas that will be changed is 13 of 39. Those total 30 of the 39. So it’s easily to see where the main changes are happening. Sometimes in the heartland of the opposition parties than in the Movement territory, so if you think otherwise. Look at the numbers and see even if this is going after 69% of the MPs are NRM. We all know that around Mbale and up north has voted for DP more than NRM in history. FDC is also gaining more grown in eastern, central and western areas. Therefore NRM fearing this, FDC candidate even won in Amuru by-election in November 2014. So that the Government is making a change in the districts around isn’t surprising. But let’s look at the other part of this changes that I haven’t touched on yet. Not the number game, but the real election game.
This strategy is amazing. The way you split counties to reassure and get more loyalty from the new LDC then before. Therefore doing this so close to the election makes the 40 new counties and 40 new MPs. Also open up new constituency and voter’s numbers that need to be secure to get the MP for a county in. Thirdly and last point is that the history of voting in an area get diminish because the new counties. This will lead to smaller counties and need less people to vote the MP in the area. That can be either a gift or a curse. That the counties are getting to be smaller populations so that their easier to manipulate since their no current voting history in this counties. So that the loyalist will get more positions during next elections and also getting new LDCs that will supposedly to give the local community more control and also support the governments work in the areas. Like getting supervision over the primary school and police I guess. But we all know that this is more securing the NRM government more control over the areas and getting the loyal supporters of the Mzee becoming MPs and also making new counties to disfranchise the opposition if possible. That this areas are also in places where the Independent MPs are coming from and just a few big shots like Kahinda Otafiire. I look forward to see the results from the Presidential General Election of 2016. Hope you do as well in the new counties and see if the MPs from the 9th Parliament will arrive from the new counties.
Just a by the way – on the information flow:
The irony of it all, I couldn’t find the MPs on the Parliaments own site or government official sites online. I found the best by the sites that are targeted by the government. Like the lists from Uganda at Heart had an awesome and amazing list. Second list was from an anti-corruption NGO from Uganda. So the one that isn’t supposed to be friendly with the government is the one that has organized it the best and that is a rare instance. Because a brother expect to easily see who represent them. Taxation with representation, the parliament page of the Ugandan government isn’t sufficient or a page that is really working. Hope that Hostalite and make them a better page indeed. And the Parliament Watch site was ten times better. Where I could double check the result of the General Election of 2011 was from the elected MPs from the Electoral Commission of Uganda. I am grateful that one supposed to be unbiased governmental institution has certain information to the public so I could verify what I found at Uganda at Heart and also the information from Parliamentary Watch. Thanks! Peace.
Kisakye, Frank – ‘Govt creates 39 new counties, number of MPs rises to 424’ (15.07.2015) Link: http://www.observer.ug/news-headlines/38782-govt-creates-39-new-counties-mps-rise-to-424