Tuesday May 6 2014

Oulanyah asks Aswa residents to vote out Okumu

By Josline Adiru & Julius Ocungi

Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah and MP for Omoro County in Gulu District has tasked locals in Aswa County to vote out current MP Reagan Okumu in the 2016 elections.

He made the remarks during his visit to Aswa County where he had gone to market the candidature of Mr Museveni as the NRM sole presidential flag bear for the 2016 elections.

He said residents need to stop voting Mr Okumu to Parliament if they are to benefit from the NRM government.

“Every time Okumu, Okumu, what has he done for you?” he asked, adding that the area has benefited so much from government programmes including cattle restocking among others.

“Mr Museveni has done for you very many good things, but you are not voting his party members to Parliament,” he said.

However, Mr Okumu, who has represented Aswa County since 1996, rubbished Mr Oulanyah’s claims, saying there is no doubt his constituents would vote him back to Parliament come 2016.

The fights
“Whatever fights they have started on me, I am not bothered, my people know what I have done over the years. Mr Oulanyah has no moral authority to convince anyone in Aswa County not to vote me,” Mr Okumu said.
Mr Oulanyah is the only NRM MP in Gulu District.
Others including Mr Okumu [Aswa County], Mr Christopher Acire [Gulu Municipality] and Ms Betty Aol Ocan [Gulu Dictrict Woman Member of Parliament, all belong to the opposition Forum for Democratic Change party.

Recently, Mr Odonga Otto, currently representing Aruu County, said he would stand against Mr Oulanyah, saying he had become a disgrace to the Acholi community.

Mr Otto claims that Mr Oulanyah’s conduct, especially in steering Parliamentary work has been so controversial thus shaming the people of Acholi.