Basing on elections that were yesterday conducted at Kololo independence grounds, Mr. James Kakooza trounced Mr. Kiwanda with 39.2% setting him as the replacement of Kasamba at the East African Legislative Assembly.
The decision was reached through elections conducted by NRM electrol commission presided over by Tanga Odoi at Kololo Independence grounds where the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Parliamentary Caucus chose former Kabula County MP James Kakooza through a majority vote to represent Uganda at EALA.
After party members had cast their votes, and the tallying was complete, it was concluded that former Kabula County legislator would represent Uganda at the East African Legislative Assembly because he scooped 93 votes which is equivalent to 39.2%.
“I therefore declare Kakooza who has polled the highest number of votes 93 representing 39.2 per cent as the duly elected Member of Parliament to the East African Legislative Assembly 2021,” read Mr. Tanga Odoi’s declaration.
However, this came as a shock as it had earlier been anticipated that former State Minister for Tourism Mr. Kiwanda Godfrey would win the race because he was believed to have had the largest support.
Unfortunately, once the results were tallied, he was 8 votes less than Kakooza with 85 votes while other contestants such ad Mr. Luke Umar Mawya had 0 votes, Mr. Mutumba Abbas had 54 votes, Ms. Nakato Kyabangi had 2 votes whereas Mr. Nsubuga Kenneth Ssebuyunga had 3 votes and there was one invalid vote.
Former Ugandan legislator to EALA Mr. Kasamba died in late April at the age of 57, in city based Kampala Hospital. He had been voted into power in December 2017 and was meant to hold the position till 2022, sadly, he did not live to see the next election.