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UPDF officer withdraws from EALA race

By David Lumu

Added 7th February 2017 09:22 AM

The race has become crowded with 109 candidates picking nomination forms from Parliament to contest for the nine slots

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The race has become crowded with 109 candidates picking nomination forms from Parliament to contest for the nine slots

As the National Resistance Movement (NRM) parliamentary caucus prepares to sieve over 40 contenders eyeing six slots caveated for the ruling party representation in the East African Legislative Assembly, a UPDF officer has pulled out of the race.

Captain Michael Mpeirwe Katungi says he has decided to pull out of the race following President Yoweri Museveni’s advice.

“Following the guidance of the national chairman of NRM and the President of the Republic of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni during the recent CEC meeting, I have decided to withdraw my candidature in the hope that the greater good for Uganda, East Africa and Africa shall for now be best served by me remaining out of EALA and continuing my contribution in line of my professional service” he said in a statement.

The NRM caucus will convene today at State House to vet East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) representatives.

The race has become crowded with 109 candidates picking nomination forms from Parliament to contest for the nine slots; a move analysts have said depicts the bigger picture of unemployment in the country.

Of the nine slots, NRM has 6, while the other three are shared by Independents and other opposition parties that have representatives in Parliament.

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