The Central Executive Committee CEC of the National Resistance Movement NRM is set to vet East African Legislative Assembly EALA aspirants tomorrow. Forty three aspirants expressed interest in contesting on the NRM ticket for the EALA Assembly for the year 2017 to 2022.
A total of 43 aspirants expressed interest in contesting on the NRM ticket for the EALA Assembly for the year 2017 to 2022.
Tanga Odoi, the chairperson of the NRM Electoral Commission this evening confirmed the number while interfacing with the aspirants ahead of tomorrow's vetting at State House Entebbe starting at mid-day. Each aspirant paid two million Shillings to the party as one of the requirements for nomination.
The vetting by the top most organ of NRM is to be chaired by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the party Chairman. CEC will then come up with a final list of aspirants that will be presented to the NRM Caucus on Tuesday nest week for voting.
According to Odoi, the caucus will come up with only six candidates that will later be presented to Parliament as EALA representatives from NRM party.
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Odoi cautioned aspirants not to engage in any form of bribery citing use of money to influence the outcome of the process.
He also cautioned the NRM members of the 10th parliament to desist from soliciting bribes from aspirants. He said that there is need for fairness from all party members so that the best is sieved from the 43 aspirants.
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Majority of the nominated NRM aspirants are former Members of Parliament that failed to make it to the 10th Parliament, former ministers as well as first time contestants.
They include former ministers Mary Mugyenyi, Captain Francis Babu, Henry Banyezaki and Rose Akol.
Others are former legislators for Bunyole East Emmanuel Dombo, Kakuuto County Mathias Kasamba, and Ntenjeru South Patrick Nsanja. Sarah Kagingo, a communications assistant in the Office of the President is also on the list.
Nsanja says he will go through the vetting process tomorrow adding that he intends to promote Uganda's interest at EALA.
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Kagingo, a former guild president at Makerere University, said that the vetting process is important to her since she will be given the opportunity to defend her record and why she is the best candidate for EALA.
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Former Economic Monitoring Minister Henry Banyezaaki said that the vetting process is very important for the party and that it is in the country's interests to send able representatives.
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The successful NRM candidates will be joined by independents, candidates from Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Democratic Party (DP) and Uganda People's Congress (UPC).
Parliament is expected to come up with only nine members to represent the country in the Assembly that sits in Arusha, Tanzania. The current term of EALA expires in June.