By Najibu Mulema

Former Rubanda County West Member of Parliament, Henry Banyenzaki has joined the race of interested politicians in the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA).

Days after conceding defeat after parliamentary elections in February, the former minister of State for Economic Planning and Monitoring announced that he had quit politics but now he has come back to stand as EALA candidate.

The current EALA term will expire in May this year and election of new EALA representatives is expected to take place in April.

Three of Uganda’s current representatives to Eala, Fred Mukasa Mbidde (DP), Chris Opoka (UPC) and Susan Nakawuki (Ind) have so far expressed interest in retaining their seats while 22 others are former members in the 8th and 9th Parliament.

Other politicians who have expressed their interest in the seats include, Ingrid Turinawe, the FDC chief mobilize, Sarah Kagingo former President Yoweri Museveni aide among others.

According to the standing orders, EALA slots are shared on numeral principle with each member state’s dominant party getting more slots than the parties with few MPs.

However, with the exception of the Independents, all parties’ candidates are expected to go through internal party processes to confirm their candidature.