June 18, 2024

Pedi Wibye-acel clan leader decries unmet party laws in electoral politics

Willy Omodo Omodo addressing a
recent political rally in Oyam

By Voice of Lango Editorial (editor@vol.co.ug)


The clan leader of Pedi Wibye-acel Willy Omodo Omodo who has expressed interest to contest for Oyam north by-election on NRM ticket has stated that the party’s electoral guidelines only bars paramount chiefs and kings from contesting in elective position as opposed to a clan head.

On Monday, the National Resistance Movement launched the nomination process to identify a flag bearer for Oyam north by-election which will run till 29/5/2023.

The NRM party electoral commission chairperson Dr.Tanga Odoi in his communication quoted NRM Article 39(10) (a) which allows the party conduct party primary elections for candidates to hold the party flag and the process will be conducted at the NRM electoral commission offices, plot 13, Kyadondo road, Nakasero.

Odoi said the electoral guidelines require interested people to be aged 18 and above, a member of the NRM, and with senior four or six academic qualification.

Tanga Odoi said, the candidates should not be a civil servant, a police, UPDF or prison officer or a cultural leader.

But Omodo Omodo said the 1995 Ugandan constitution only bars paramount chiefs and kings from contesting for elective position but not clan heads.

He cites Dokolo South MP Felix Okot Ogong who is the clan leader of Arak Okwer-Alwala but also a member of parliament.

He said he will go on to contest for Oyam north by-election.

Among the people who have expressed interest to vie for Oyam north by-election incude; Samuel Engola Okello, son to late state minister of gender, Charles Okello Engola Macodwogo, Willy Omodo Omodo, Julius Peter Moto, Obangakene Augustine among others.

Oyam north by-election is slated for 6th- July -2023.