HERE ARE SOME OF UGANDA’S LONGEST SERVING MPS & YET THEY STILL WANT MORE TIME
By Mulengera Reporters
The following are some of the longest serving MPs in Uganda and their legislative service tenures are hereby illustrated. Mawogola’s Sam Kutesa (40 years), Crispus Kiyonga (35 years), Rebecca Kadaga (32 so far and still counting); 57 year-old Reagan Okumu, Syda Bbumba, Ruth Nankabirwa, Edward Sekandi (already done more than 25 years each/CA not counted & still wanting more; a former IGG investigation, Okumu first became MP at 27 years).
Then you have Lawempe North’s Latif Sebaggala, Sheema South’s Prof Ephraim Kamuntu, Lamwo/Palabek County’s Eng Hillary Onek, Aruu County’s Samuel Odonga Otto and Budadiri West’s Nandala Mafabi each of whom has done 20 years and are still asking for more. There is also Ogenga Latigo and Kassiano Wadri whose tenures has once been disrupted.
Veteran opposition leader Atim Cecilia Ogwal has also been MP for so long since 1996 (making them 25 years; not counting CA’s 2 years). She was Lira Municipality MP since 1996 only to be unexpectedly floored by Jimmy Akena in 2006. Shortly after, her good friend and fellow elder YK Museveni created for her Dokolo district for which she became the pioneer Woman MP. She has held onto that office up to this and her insatiable political appetite to live on the public purse can only grow.
The not-less-than 20-year category also has Rujumbura County’s Jim Muhwezi, Ruhinda County’s Kahinda Otafiire and others. Deputy Minister Moses Ali has equally served for so long and, his frail age notwithstanding, the man from Adjumani still wants more. Elderly Ali, who got his seat at the Museveni eating table in the late 1980s following the annihilation of his Uganda National Rescue Front rebel group, has actually done more than 26 years so far. Except for the 5 years (2006-2011), when Santos Eruaga Mulango kept him away from being MP, Gen Ali has lived off the public purse for much of his adult life (since the 1970s when he was one of the powerful ministers in his fellow West Niler Idi Amin’s government).
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