NRM Takes Pakwach Woman MP, LCV Seats

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National Resistance Movement NRM candidates emerged winners in races for woman member of parliament and district chairperson for the newly created Pakwach District in West Nile.

National Resistance Movement (NRM) candidates emerged winners in races for woman member of parliament and district chairperson for the newly created Pakwach District in West Nile.

Pakwach was carved out of Nebbi District and became operational this financial year alongside other districts including Bunyangabu, Namisindwa, Rukiga and Kyotera.

Jane Pacuto Avur, a board member of Uganda Retirement Benefits Regulatory Authority (URBRA), won the Pakwach Woman MP seat, beating two other candidates. This was her third time contesting to be a Woman MP after trying unsuccessfully in Nebbi district.

The Local Council V race was won by Robert Steen Omito, the interim chairperson. Omito, who initially served as the District Chairperson of Nebbi, beat Robert Okumu, who contested as an independent and came second. Okumu is also a former district Chairperson for Nebbi.

Other candidates in the LCV race were lawyer George William Alenyo, the son to the current Nebbi District Chairperson Esrom William Alenyo, who had also contested in the NRM primary, and another independent Denis Olore.

The elections were largely peaceful, save for a few skirmishes on election day.

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In his own words, David Rupiny says, "I am literally a self-trained journalist with over 12 years of experience. Add the formative, student days then I can trace my journalism roots to 1988 when as a fresher in Ordinary Level I used to report for The Giraffe News at St Aloysius College Nyapea in northern Uganda.


In addition to URN for which I have worked for five years now, I have had stints at Radio Paidha, Radio Pacis, Nile FM and KFM. I have also contributed stories for The Crusader, The New Vision and The Monitor. I have also been a contributor for international news organisations like the BBC and Institute for War and Peace Reporting. I am also a local stringer for Radio Netherlands Worldwide.


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