Oyam North MP race: “I would support a son not defiant to his late father,” says Queen Amolo

Last Updated on: 30th May 2023, 01:55 pm

By Winnie Auma

Lira, May 30, 2023: The Oyam North County MP aspirant in the race for the NRM party flag Queen Dorothy Amolo has praised the Late MP, Col. Rtd. Okello Engola Macodwogo who was killed on May 2.

Macodwogo was shamelessly killed by his bodyguard, Private Wilson Sabiiti for reasons the wider public has trashed as “untrue” and calls for proper investigations were made.

Following his death, his constituents have remained without a representative in the 11th Parliament. By Law, the electoral commission (EC) is mandated to conduct a by-election and on July 6, eligible voters of Oyam North will head to elect their new MP.

In the race to succeed Macodwogo are his son, Okello Samuel Engola, Queen Dorothy Amolo, Ambassador Julius Peter Moto; Billy Otto and Bala Daniel.

Others are Augustine Obangakene and Willy Omodo Omod. UPC has already fronted Dr Eunice Apio Otuku to represent them in the main polls.

The above aspirants must first go through the NRM party primary elections and the winner will hold the ruling party flag and be nominated by the EC.

Speaking to journalists on Saturday at Pauline Hotel in Lira City, Queen Dorothy Amolo said to replace Macodwogo, there is a need for someone who has been closer to him enough to accomplish all his unfulfilled projects.

According to her, it’s the reason the locals of Oyam North reached out to her to come and contest. Amolo resides in the United States of America.

Asked why as someone who was close to the family of the Late can’t leave the position for the son of the Late, Samuel Junior Engola who is also vying for the same seat, Amolo replied, “As someone who was close to Late Engola, I would support a son who wasn’t defiant to the father but not the one the family has fronted.”

She added that Engola Junior (as commonly known) and his father were never close so he doesn’t know much about his father’s political vision.

“Macodwogo was my friend. We talked about everything, family and politics. I don’t hate Junior, he’s a young politician in the making but he missed an opportunity to be with an amazing father and politician that I’ve ever known.

“I still think the person to replace his father should be a person that was a friend with the father, that the father trained and brought up but not the one who disagreed in everything, another son would be a better replacement.”

She said once elected in the by-election, her priority would be to first fulfil all the pending pledges of the Late Macodwogo since they were working together on many projects like sponsoring some learners, promoting sustainable agriculture and establishing health centres, among other things.

Besides completing the work of the late Macodwogo, Amolo says her exposure and connections will make her a leader to cause changes in the community in terms of development.

Amolo told the press that since she was called by the people of Oyam North to come and lead them, she will ensure the voices of the common or vulnerable people of Oyam are well represented in Parliament and also monitor the implementation of government’s poverty eradication programs to ensure that more livelihoods of the beneficiaries are improved.

To boost education in Oyam North, she will bring investors to help facilitate the development of schools in the area and provide scholarships for learners in Oyam, avoiding the practice of sending children to other districts.

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The above, she says will improve the academic performance of schools in the area.

On health, she will encourage more to open clinics in their areas to support government health centres since most of them are far from the community, something she says leads to death during the transfer because of a lack of ambulances to do immediate transfers.

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