The political atmosphere in Omoro County has heated up as candidates make their final lap to solicit votes ahead of the parliamentary by-election slated for Thursday 26, 2022.
Campaigns for the Omoro County Parliamentary by-elections kicked off on May 16.
Six candidates are in the race to fill the seat that fell vacant following the death of former Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah on March 20, 2022.
They are Jimmy Walter One, Terrence Odonga, all Independent Candidates, and Justine Odong, the Forum for Democratic Change Party candidates.
The others are Oscar Kizza, the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) candidate, Simon Toolit Akecha, the National Unity Platform (NUP) party candidate, and Andrew Ojok Oulanyah, National Resistance Movement party candidate.
Onen told Uganda Radio Network in an interview from Opit Town Council on Monday that his manifesto revolves around six key areas amongst them revamping the agriculture, health, and education sectors in Omoro District.
He says the district has for long lagged behind, arguing that he sees himself as a person who will be able to address them swiftly once elected.
FDC’s Odong while campaigning in Awoo Town Board also reiterated the need to provide safe and clean water to the locals and improve the education sector, which has been ignored for a long time. Odong noted that once elected into Parliament, he will be a good listener and will work closely with the local community and their leaders to ensure equal development.
“I won’t disappoint my people once elected, I will listen to your problems and speak the same concerns in Parliament. I will be a servant leader,” he told his supporters. Party Presidents also joined some of their candidates on Monday to galvanize their support ahead of the by-election. These included FDC party president Patrick Amuriat Oboi and Maj Gen (Rtd) Mugisha Muntu, the ANT party president.
While addressing their supporters in Awoo Town Board, Oboi told locals to trust their candidate arguing that he is a trusted and tested leader.
Oboi said their candidate has been with the locals, went through the same sufferings, and thus understands their problems better than someone who hasn’t lived amongst them.
Gen. Muntu on the other hand believes the opposition will win the by-elections if the voters are not swayed away by the bribery of NRM party members.
President Yoweri Museveni is expected to campaign for the NRM Party candidate Andrew Ojok Oulanyah in Odek Sub-county and Opit Town Council later today.