Last Updated on: 28th September 2022, 07:54 pm
UPC candidate, Ebil, like DP’s, has got the backing of the ruling NRM party.
By Our Reporter
Kampala – Sept. 28, 2022: Fred Ebil could be among nine politicians from Uganda to represent the country at the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) until 2027.
The East African legislative house will have ‘new members from each member state to, among others, discuss matters of the regional bloc.
Uganda will be sending nine members. Among the nine, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party undoubtedly will have five, Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) one and Democratic Party (DP) one.
The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and Justice Forum (JEEMA) parties have a candidate each. There are also dozens of nominated opposition candidates in the race.
Last week, Clerk to Parliament Adolf Mwesigye announced that the election of Members of Parliament to EALA is scheduled for September 29, 2022.
He said that each of them will be allowed to campaign before the 11th Parliament before going to the ballot.
Ahead of Thursday’s ‘Big Day,” UPC on Wednesday appealed for its candidate, Ebil.
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“The long-awaited election of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) Members of Parliament (MPs) is finally due on Thursday 29th September 2022. The Parliament, which is the Electoral College, is expected to elect 9 MPs who will represent Uganda to EALA for the term of 2022 – 2027,” the party’s head of media and communications, Faizo Muzeyi, said.
Muzeyi added that UPC has had a direct historical role to play since the birth of the East African Community in 1967 and that the Congress shares that “bigger dream of achieving a political federation”.
“This means that some outstanding protocols such as an effective customs union and single currency must be realized, which work is in progress and needs to be carried forward,” he added.
He added that their candidate is determined to work towards achieving that cherished dream of the East African Political Federation. Ebil, the former Kole South MP in the 9th Parliament was a member of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs.
In 2014, he [Ebil] was part of a two-member delegation from the said Committee that accompanied President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to the East African Community (EAC) Heads of State and Government Summit held in Nairobi, Kenya.
While there, UPC’s head of media said Ebil got exposed and engaged in regional matters which include, but are not limited to strengthening regional peace, security and good governance.
“Our candidate and the campaign team have reached out to MPs asking for votes throughout the campaign period and we kindly appeal to all of them (MPs) to give their vote to Hon. Erbil Fred as EALA MP on Thursday 29th September 2022, so as to get an experienced and effective leadership with a great institutional memory in parliamentary affairs which are ever demanding.”
“In the same vein, we request the MPs from the opposition who are considering boycotting the elections to revisit that position and participate in the same as the matter at hand is a matter of both national and regional interest,” he added, at a weekly press conference in Kampala.