16 Eye Bubulo West MP Seat

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Richard Michael Nataka says he is offering himself for election for credible representation of the constituents in parliament.

The Bubulo West MP seat has attracted 16 aspirants. Notable among the aspirants is Richard Michael Nataka, the former Secretary General Uganda Red Cross Society, former Bubulo West Member of Parliament Sylvester Wanzusi Washieba, the former Manafwa district woman Parliamentary contestant Rose Mutonyi and Samalie Wanderema, a lecture at Islamic University in Uganda – IUIU.
Others are Ronnie Walukhu, a Kampala based lawyer, Rogers Khamana, Abbas Wakoya, John Simiyu, a businessman and Paul Butitta among others who all want to represent NRM as the flag bearer in the by-election. Richard Michael Nataka says he is offering himself for election for credible representation of the constituents in parliament.

He says unlike other constituencies, Bubulo west has missed a lot in national development because of the unscrupulous person they sent to represent them in the 9th Parliament.

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Nataka who contested and lost in the 2001 parliamentary election insists that he resigned from Uganda Red Cross Society on 21st October 2013 unlike what is being rumored that he was sacked.

Wanzusi Washieba, the former Bubulo West Member of Parliament who lost to Tonny Kipoi in the 2011 parliamentary election says he intends to return to Parliament and put a lot of emphasis on education and job creation among the youth in Bubulo West.

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Ahamadah Wakhweya, an elder also a renowned coffee farmer in Manafwa says he will also contest for the seat under the FDC ticket. Wakhweya cites several loopholes in the administration of the country.

He particularly singles out the ill funding of the Agriculture sector, which he says should have been given priority as the backbone of this country. He says if elected he would provide serious checks and balances in the affairs of the country to ensure Ugandans attain the basic minimum standard of living.

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On Wednesday last week, Parliament adopted recommendations from the rules, privileges and discipline committee to kick out Tony Kipoi Nsubuga, the Bubulo West legislator. It followed investigations by the committee that found the MP guilty of missing 15 consecutive sittings without authorization from the office of the Speaker.

While presenting the report to parliament on Tuesday, Fox Odoi, the chairperson of the Rules, privileges and discipline committee argued that Kipoi be deemed to have ceased to be a Member of Parliament under Article 83(1) (d) of the Constitution of Uganda and Rule 101 (10) of the Rules of Procedure. Jotham Taremwa, the Public Relations Officer says they are yet to receive a notice from parliament.


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Denis Olaka
Denis Olaka is the URN bureau chief for Lira, in northern Uganda. Apac and Otuke fall under his docket. Olaka has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Olaka started his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter, anchor, and then editor for Radio Lira in Lira district. He was subsequently an editor with Lira's Radio Wa in 2004 and Gulu district's Mega FM.

He was also a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers.

Olaka's journalism focuses on politics, health, agriculture and education. He does a lot of crime reporting too.