No less than 28 of the 499 MPs elected on January 14 have served for 15 or extra years in Parliament, making them the longest serving legislators since President Museveni captured energy in 1986.
Elected final Thursday had been 353 instantly elected MPs and 146 district Lady MPs. Every of the ten new cities elected a Lady MP so as to add on the 136 elected by the districts together with Kampala Capital Metropolis Authority (KCCA).
Every day Monitor analysed the checklist of MPs who gained the Thursday polls and picked out those that have been in Parliament since 2006 or earlier.
The checklist additionally contains those that misplaced elections in between the primary time period and the present time period however had been re-elected final week.
Amongst those that have had their keep in Parliament disrupted by defeats halfway since however have been re-elected to Parliament are: Maj Gen Jim Muhwezi (Rujumbura County), Maj Gen Kahinda Otafiire (Ruhinda County), former Schooling Minister Jessica Alupo (Lady MP, Katakwi), Dr James Nsaba Buturo and Ms Cecilia Ogwal.
Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has gained consecutive elections as Kamuli District Lady MP since she joined the Nationwide Resistance Council (NRC- transitional parliament) in 1989. One other NRC survivor is Gen Muhwezi although he solely returned to Parliament after defeating Mr Fred Turyamuhweza of Discussion board for Democratic Change (FDC) to reclaim the seat for Rujumbura County in Rukungiri District he misplaced within the earlier elections.
Gen Muhwezi was a part of the 38 historic members of the Nationwide Resistance Military (NRA) which first composed the NRC in 1986 earlier than the countrywide elections in 1989 which created the fifth Parliament with 270 members.
4 of those lengthy serving MPs joined Parliament in 1996 whereas 13 others have been within the Home since 2001.
Among the ministers who survived the Thursday onslaught by the Opposition like Matia Kasaija (Finance), Frank Tumwebaze (Gender), and David Bahati (State for Planning) are among the many eight MPs who’ve served since 2006.
That class contains controversial Nationwide Resistance Motion (NRM) members Barnabas Tinkasimiire (Buyaga West) and Theodore Ssekikubo (Lwemiyaga).
Seven of the longest serving MPs getting into the eleventh Parliament are on the Opposition facet. Nonetheless, Mr Abdu Katuntu (Bugweri) and Mr Elijjah Okupa (Kasilo) final 12 months walked out of FDC occasion to run as independents and so they gained on Thursday.
Mr Wilfred Niwagaba (Ndorwa East) has for the second time been elected as an opposition leaning impartial since he give up NRM the place he was termed as one of many “insurgent MPs”.
Buyaga West MP, Mr Tinkasimiire who has been in Parliament since 2006 stated the magic of being re-elected is being in contact with the voters to know their issues and discover options.
“All the time getting again to the plenty and particularly talking what they need, not what the institution desires to listen to. It is advisable be an MP of the individuals however not of the President or his Ministers. That’s what MPs must do with a purpose to be elected time and again. Not these who come to sleep in Parliament,” stated Mr Tinkansimire.
Lands Minister Betty Amongi was elected for the third time as MP for Oyam South on Uganda Peoples Congress (UPC) occasion ticket. Earlier than, she had served two phrases as Oyam District Lady MP. She informed Every day Monitor yesterday that she left the affirmative motion place after mentoring her present successor, district girl MP Santa Alum.
“I feel the primary challenge is knowing the issues that have an effect on your constituency and then you definitely hold consulting the individuals on their wants and deal with them both via linking authorities programmes or lobbying donors that may help you to convey companies to the individuals. However there may be additionally that a part of private initiative,” Ms Amongi stated.
Requested about her plans to retire, Ms Amongi remained cagey however stated she has empowered many individuals by serving to them to affix management ranging from the decrease native authorities stage. She stated there are a lot of younger leaders who could make a like-for-like successor.
In the meantime, the variety of longest serving MPs could enhance in case among the incumbents bounce again in final night’s particular curiosity teams elections.
LIST OF LONGEST SERVING MPS
Identify Space Represented Joined home
Rebecca Kadaga Lady MP, Kamuli 1989
Cecilia Ogwal Lady MP, Dokolo 1996
Abdu Katuntu Bugweri 2001
Nandala Mafabi Budadiri West 2001
Felix Okot Ogong Dokolo South 1996
Betty Amongi Oyam South 2001
Hillary Onek Lamwo 2001
Jimmy Akena Lira Metropolis East 2006
Peter Abrahams Lokii Kotido Municipality 2006
David Wakikona Bukyigai 2001
Wamakuyu Mudimi Elgon County 2006
Jenipher Namuyangu Lady MP, Kibuku 2001
Elijjah Okupa Kasilo County 2001
Jessica Alupo Katakwi 2001
Abubakar Jeje Odongo Orungo County 1996
Bintu Jalia Lukumu Bujenje County 2001
Barnabas Tinknsimire Buyaga West 2006
Matia Kasaija Buyanja County 2006
James Nsababuturo Bufumbira East 2001
Chris Baryomunsi Kinkizi East 2006
Jim Muhwezi Rujumbura County 1986
David Bahati Ndorwa West 2006
Wilfred Niwagaba Ndorwa East 2006
Frank Tumwebaze Kibaale East 2006
Kahinda Otafiire Ruhinda 1996
Vibrant Rwamirama Isingiro North 2001
Anifa Bangirana Kawooya Mawogola South 2001
Theodore Ssekikubo Lwemiyaga County 2001