Gulu DP Members Go Independent

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Jacob Candano, an Aspirant for the Pece Division LC 3 chairpersons seat says he has decided to go independent after being robbed of his victory in the primaries.

Four members of the Democratic Party-DP in Gulu have decided to contest as independents citing the decision of the party to handpick candidates. Some of those allegedly handpicked include Geoffrey Otim, an aspirant for the Gulu Municipality Mayor seat, Okello Francis Omodo, a contestant for the Pece Division LC 3 chairperson's seat and Norbert Mao, the Gulu Municipality MP aspirant.
 

As a result, Henry Komakech Kilama, an aspirant for the Gulu Municipality MP seat, Robert Adongakulu, Gulu Mayoral aspirants and Pece Division LC 3 chairperson's seat aspirant Jacob Candano have decided to go independent. According to Robert Adongakulu, the Gulu district DP Chairperson Uma Kerobino told them that he received instructions from Kampala to handpick candidates.

Adongakulu says he has decided to pick nomination forms and contest as an independent because of the failure by the party to organise primaries for the election of the best candidate.  Henry Komakech Kilama, the DPs legal adviser has also picked nomination forms to go as an independent against his party president Norbert Mao. According to Kilama, DP had blessed him to go as its flag bearer until when Mao expressed interest in the seat.

Jacob Candano, an Aspirant for the Pece Division LC 3 chairperson's seat says he has decided to go independent after being robbed of his victory in the primaries. He says DP is turning to be very undemocratic since a candidate who lost is being taken as flag bearers. He says that the decision to pick someone who was defeated and that of sidelining other candidates will kill the party, he now says he will compete as independent.

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Uma Kerobino, the Gulu DP Chairman told URN that the district executive would seat to solve the conflict. He however, couldn't explain why the party resorted to handpicking candidates as opposed to primary elections.
 

 

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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.