By UG Reports

NORTHERN: A section of people from northern Uganda have expressed their interest to vie for northern Uganda National Resistance Movement (NRM) party vice chairperson seat to replace the late former speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah who held the same position.

Following the death of Oulanyah, the position fell vacant and now some of the party members have come out to contest to fill this void in the NRM Central Executive Committee.

In 2020, the late Oulanyah beat Sam Engola who was the incumbent NRM vice chairman for northern Uganda along with, Dr. Samuel Odongo Oledo and Timothy Okee Jokene in the election for northern Uganda NRM vice chairman.

Some of the people who are rumored to harbor interest for the northern Uganda NRM vice chairman seat include; Kole woman MP Judith Alyek, Felix Adupa Onwech former Kyoga county parliamentary candidate, state minister for foreign affairs Henry Okello Oryem, state minister of environment Beatrice Atim Anywar, Arua central division MP Atima Jackson Lee and Dan Fred Kidega, former speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly.

Others are; Sam Engola has also confirmed his intention to contes including Dr. Samuel Odongo Oledo who is the current president of Uganda Medical Association, former Kole North MP Bonny Okello Konypacu and former Otuke county MP candidate Richard Omara Awio.

State Minister for sports Denis Hamson Obua who was rumored to be having interest to contest for this position could not be reached for comments to confirm the same.


Recently, Alyek Judith confirmed her interest to vie for NRM vice chairperson for northern Uganda with the aim to promote the party ideology and strength.

Felix Adupa Ongwec said he wants to strengthen the party leadership, linking party grassroots supporters with top party leadership and bringing the party nearer to the people.

Okello Konypaco who said he enjoys rich experience in NRM dating back to 2005 says he has an upper hand in winning the elections.

Dan Fred Kidega confirmed his intention to contest but added that he is still consulting the top party leadership.

Effort to speak to ministers Henry Okello Oryem and Beatrice Anywar were futile as they did not answer our calls.

However, the political assistant of Minister Okello Oryem confirmed that he intends to contest in these elections.

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