By Watchdog reporter
A total of 44 aspirants expressed their interest in contesting on the NRM ticket for the East African Legislative Assembly 2017-2022.
Among those nominated today were formers ministers and members of parliament as well as first time contestants.
Gender activist Mary R. Mugyenyi, a former minister of state for Agriculture, and other former ministers Captain Francis Babu, Henry Banyezaaki, Rose Akol, Emmanuel Dombo as well as Mathias Kasamba, Sarah Kagingo, and Prof Mushemeza, were nominated successfully today.
The EALA race has attracted a lot of interest and NRM’s electoral commission offices on plot 12 Kyadondo Road has been a beehive of activities since Monday.
Mary R Mugyenyi who represented Nyabushozi county in the Seventh and Eighth parliaments told MPs present that, “I thank you for the support you have shown me so far. I beg you to make the right choice of members to EALA . Please add to the consolidation of the East African Community by sending members with a truck clean record of performance with integrity. I trust that my record of leadership speaks for itself. I promise to make Uganda proud if you send me to Arusha.
Dr Tanga Odoi said the nominations went on well as he was glad a number of people submitted themselves to the exercise which will be done in a transparent manner. Aspirants parted with sh2 million to qualify for nomination.
The Central Executive committee of the NRM party will vet the aspirants and come out with the final list to present to parliament. The NRM candidates will be joined by independents such as Susan Nakawuki and opposition candidates such as Mukasa Mbidde and Ingrid Turinawe to campaign before Ugandan parliamentarians who will pick the nine members to represent the country in Arusha.
The current term of the present EALA expires in June.