NRM maintains all its six incumbent EALA MPs
The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) caucus has resolved to maintain all its six representatives at the East Africa Legislative Assembly (EALA) ahead of elections this August.
In a letter signed by Richard Todwong, the NRM secretary general, it was recommended that the incumbent EALA members should be maintained in recognition of their exceptional performance to continue their tenure for another term.
“The 4th Central Executive Committee – CEC of NRM, at its 10th meeting sitting at Entebbe Friday July 8th 2022 hereby endorses the incumbent EALA members to the NRM parliamentary caucus as NRM candidates for the position. They are; Mary Mugyenyi, Rose Akol, Stephen George Odongo, Denis Namara, James Kakooza, and Paul Musamali Mwasa,” read an official letter from the party.
CEC received and reviewed up to 130 contestants who had expressed interest to be elected to occupy six of the nine slots for Uganda at the sub-organ of the larger East Africa Community (EAC) bloc but CEC decided to maintain the status quo.
Stephen George Odongo, an incumbent commended CEC members for entrusting them again with another term of tenure. “We promise that we shall continue delivering and defending the interests of Uganda at the Assembly,” said Odongo.
Elected representatives from now seven member states of Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, Burundi and new entrant the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) serve a five year-tenure. The current 4th Assembly has 62 members and commenced in 2017 – ending in August 2022.
According to Article 50 of the East African Community treaty, members are elected by their respective country’s national legislature. Article 50 also requires the representatives to reflect their country’s political parties, opinions, gender composition, and other special groups.