Uganda’s ruling party, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Caucus in Parliament has voted former Kabula County legislator James Kakooza to replace the late Mathias Kasamba as a Member of Parliament (MP) in the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA).
In an election held on Friday at the Kololo Independence Grounds, Kakooza beat former State minister for Tourism Godfrey Kiwanda Ssuubi, Mr Abbas Mutumba, the former Principle Assistant to Hon Kasamba and three other candidates.
Mr Kakooza garnered 93 votes which translates into 39.2 per cent followed by Kiwanda who is also the Nrm’s vice chairperson Central region with 85 votes (35.9%).
Mr. Abbas Mutumba came third with 54 votes.
The other candidates in the race were Mr Lule Umar Mawiya (0 votes), Ms Nakato Kyabangi (2 votes), Mr Nsubuga Kenneth Ssebagayunga (3 votes). There was only one invalid vote cast.
For twenty years, Kakooza served as Kabura County. He was once a state minister for Primary Health Care as well.
The position fell vacant after Hon Kasamba died in May. Since Mr Kasamba was an NRM cadre, the slot was reserved for the party’s member.
Upon confirmation by the Parliament of Uganda, Kakooza will be joining eight other Ugandan representatives to EALA in Arusha Tanzania to complete the last year remaining on their five-year term.