February 27, 2024

UPC, NRM likely face off in Lira city woman MP seat in 2026

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


Uganda People’s Congress and National Resistance Movement parties are most likely to face off in Lira city woman MP seat in 2026 elections after rumors emerged that Oyam South MP also minister of gender Betty Amongi Akena plans to contest for Lira city woman MP seat against incumbent Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng Ochero who is also minister of health.

According to information from the corridors of Lira city, some people are already picking up interest to support either of the two.

Recently, Betty Amongi through Northern Uganda Women’s Network for business development donated work tools to 200 girls engaged in tailoring in Lira city and reportedly met members of Tecel group at Pauline hotel in senior quarters and held another meeting with different people at the home of Tekwaro Lango speaker, Willy Omodo Omodo in Akia, something thought to show her likelihood to eye Lira city woman MP seat.

Amongi also reportedly made several pledges in these meetings, especially of loans to business persons to be refunded with little interest.

Much as Amongi has not confirmed her interest to contest for Lira city woman MP seat in 2026, rumor has it that she is enjoying massive support from both UPC and NRM.

Ken Allan Owani a former councilor of Lira municipal council who is said to be close to Amongi said those who won the last election should be given time to work untill 2026 but as quick to add that people who are interested in contesting for Lira city woman MP seat are free to consult the electorate.

Owani said Betty Amongi has a good working relationship with the ruling NRM party and would make a good candidate for Lira city woman MP.

Former minister of lands, Daniel Omara Atubo said he is still probing ministers Amongi and Aceng’s candidacy in Lira city woman MP and will give a report on the matter in a week’s time much as he recently posted a WhatsApp message asking Amongi not to contest for Lira city woman MP seat.

In his WhatsApp message, Omara Atubu had asked Amongi to contest again in Oyam South as Aceng retains her seat in Lira city since both of them have been working well and still stand a chance of being reappointed as ministers by President Yoweri Museveni.

Chris Ongom, UPC Lango regional coordinator said they got reports that their former party candidate in Lira city woman MP seat Joy Atim Ongom plans to run for Kole district woman MP seat which leaves Amongi at liberty to contest for Lira city woman MP seat.

 However, Ongom asked UPC aspirants to consult on the areas they plan to contest in and their level of support to avoid losing elections.

However, Jacob Ocen the NRM spokesperson for Lira district said neither Amongi nor Aceng have come out to express their interest for 2026 elections.

On Saturday, minister Amongi in an interview with Voice of Lango declined to comment on whether or not she would contest for Lira city woman MP in 2026 elections.

Effort to speak to minister of health and Lira city woman MP, Dr. Aceng Ochero on the matter was futile by press time.

Her political assistant Zena Apolot declined to comment on the matter.

Bonny Otucu who is in charge programs in the office of Lira City woman MP Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng said they are not moved by rumors about people expressing interest to vie for Lira city woman MP seat and have continued to carry on with their duties.