PARLIAMENT MOURNS PALLISA WOMAN MP FAITH ALUPO
By Mulengera Reporter
Pallisa District Woman MP Faith Alupo has passed on at the Mulago National Referral Hospital in Kampala after she was admitted for days.
Parliament of Uganda announced Alupo’s death Tuesday afternoon in a short statement posted online. “Parliament has learnt with sorrow of the untimely death of Hon Faith Alupo, Woman MP for Pallisa District which occurred at Mulago Hospital. May her soul rest in eternal peace,” Parliament tweeted.
There was still speculation on the cause of death of the MP, with some claiming the youthful legislator had succumbed to Covid19, but family sources said she had been battling diabetes and hypertension, and had recently been receiving treatment for the same conditions at the national referral hospital.
This afternoon, Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga has informed MPs of the death of Alupo, adding that the Parliamentary Commission was closely working with the fallen lawmaker’s family members to make burial arrangements. The MPs then observed a moment of silence for their colleague who has departed after representing her people for just two years.
Alupo won the parliamentary seat unopposed after the Justice Simon Byabakama Electoral Commission (EC) threw out her opponent Catherine Achola Osupelem of opposition party Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) after it was discovered that the names she had used on her academic papers were different from the ones under which she was nominated for the July 2018 by-election. The Pallisa Woman MP had fallen vacant after Agnes Ameede, who was then MP, resigned her seat to contest in the newly created Butebo District as female representative in Parliament.
Aged 37, Alupo was set to leave Parliament following her loss in the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) primary election in Pallisa, meaning she would not carry the party’s flag in the 2021 parliamentary election, and would not be on the ballot unless she decided to run as an independent candidate or join another political party.
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