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Vice President Ssekandi, Ministers lose parliamentary seats

The National Resistance Movement (NRM) may have won the Presidential seat as the incumbent, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni Tibuhaburwa retained the big office for a sixth consecutive term but the ruling party lost a number of crucial parliamentary seats.

Many among the members of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) that lost the race into the 11th parliament were household names including ministers who had been in parliament for more than two decades.

The wave of change sure swept across the country and did not spare even the “Big Shots” including Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi.

Vice President Edward Ssekandi will not be representing Bukoto Central for the fifth time after losing the seat to newcomer Richard Ssebalama in the 2021 general elections.

The Vice President is one of many top tier individuals in the NRM government who will not be seating in the August house later this year.

In Kampala, The Minister for lands, Beti Kamya who tried her luck at joining parliament has been beaten by NUP’s Abubaker Kawalya for the Rubaga North seat in parliament. The ICT Minister Judith Nabakooba has also lost to Journalist Joyce Bagala.

The people of Bukomansimbi South Constituency decided to vote out Youth Minister Nakiwala Kiyingi and replaced her with Democratic Party’s Veronica Nanyondo who will be representing them in the 11th parliament.

The Minister of trade and cooperatives, Amelia Kyambadde was voted out of the Mawokota North Parliamentary seat and the mandate was given to her closest rival Hillary Kiyaga Hildaman alias Dr. Hilderman from the National Unity Platform.

In Kitgum Municipality, Junior Minister of environment Beatrice Anywar lost the parliamentary seat to Dennis Onekaliut Amere from the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC).

Other ministers including Christopher Kibanzanga (‎Bughendera County), Adolf Mwesige (Bunyangabu), Mwesigwa Rukutana (Rushenyi County), Molly Kamukama (Kazo Woman MP),Simon Lokodo (Dodoth West), Ephraim Kamuntu (Sheema South) and Eng. John Byabagambi (Ibanda municipality) were also trounced in their respective constituencies for the party flag.

Most of the Ministers have lost their seats to National Unity Platform (NUP) candidates which party will now hold the Leader of Opposition position in the 11th Parliament.

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