The Democratic Party (DP) leadership in Kyotera district has chosen a daughter to the deceased woman MP Robina Nakasirye Ssentongo to replace her in the coming general elections.
Fortunate Rose Nantongo, a lawyer by profession, was also seconded by a section of family members urging her to take her mother’s legacy to the next parliament.
The decision was made on Friday during a meeting to prepare for a send-off of the deceased who succumbed to COVID-19 from Nsambya hospital on Friday.
She will be laid to rest at her marital home in Lwankoni village on Sunday.
Henry Ssemakula, one of DP’s lead campaigners in the district who attended the Friday meeting said, the decision to front Nantongo was reached after consulting the party’s vice-president Fred Mukasa Mbidde who agreed to it as per the party constitution
Mbidde explained that the party’s constitution allows the local DP branch to choose a replacement.
Charles Kirumira, the Kyotera Parliamentary candidate under the National Unity Platform (NUP), hailed the deceased for the contribution she made to the people during her leadership.
“She has been a strong pillar in our area serving in the church, and the entire community. She has been a people’s MP…We therefore request people to make arrangements to ensure that her voice and legacy goes back to Parliament,” Kirumira said.
He also called upon the people to respect the Standard Operating Procedures that were put in place by government to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Ssentongo joined Parliament in 2017 after winning a by-election that followed the creation of Kyotera district in 2016.
Her daughter will now be competing against NRM’s Rachael Nakitende who lost to her (Ssentongo) in the 2017 by-elections.