The first MPs of the ninth Parliament
Publish Date: Feb 18, 2011
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AS Pariamentary elections closed yesterday. Of the 1,713 candidates for the woman and constituency MPs, only 340 will it make to the nineth parliament. However, before yesterday’s polls, a number of them had already sailed through. John Masaba reports.

Flavia Rwabuhoro, (Woman Kyegegwa)
Rwabuhoro, who will be the first Woman MP for the new district of Kyegegwa, went through unopposed when no one turned up to contest against her.
She had defeated former Mityana resident district commissioner Harriet Kagaba and former UBC TV presenter, Betty Birungi in the NRM party primaries. Kyegegwa was carved out of Kyenjojo district last year.

Rwabuhoro is a former teacher and a woman activist. She has also been active in fighting for the rights of HIV/AIDS patients.

David Bahati, Ndorwa West
Bahati is an accountant by profession and he holds an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in commerce.
He was at the centre of the controversial Anti-Homosexuality Bill. If it had been enacted, it would have introduced a death sentence for homosexuals.
Bahati went through after his opponent; Serapio Biryaba of FDC withdrew from the race, citing safety of his life and family.

Beatrice Rusaniya,woman Kiruhura
Rusaniya became unopposed after the withdrawal of her rival Dorcus Mpinga, who was contesting on the FDC ticket.

Atwaib Katooto, Katerera, Rubirizi district
He sailed through after his rival; Vereriano Tukahebwa of FDC defected to NRM. Shortly after the defection, Tukahebwa claimed it was difficult for him to canvass for
support for the IPC presidential candidate, Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye. Rubirizi is a new district that was carved out of Bushenyi district.

Margaret Aliper Achila, (Woman Kotido)

A former teacher by profession, Achila went to Parliament in 2006. She sailed through after nobody contested against her during the nomination. Achila had earlier gone through unopposed in the NRM primaries.

Dr Sam Lyomoki, Workers’ MP
He is a doctor by profession and has represented workers since 2001. Lyomoki holds a masters degree in community health and public administration and management.

In 2008, he was arrested after he pitched camp at Mbale Hospital, protesting the working conditions of health workers. He passed unopposed on Monday.

Hellen Grace, PWDs

Until her election, Asamo was the deputy director of National Union of the Disabled Persons in Uganda.
She is a board member of the Forum for African Women Educationists. She was declared unopposed on Monday.

According to Section 19 of the Parliamentary Elections Act, a nominated candidate may withdraw his/her nomination at any time before polling day.

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