MP-elect Paul Omara, his challenger Omara Awio pledge to work for Otuke Constituency


BEST FRIENDS: MP-elect Paul Omara and Richard Omara Awio (R) have resolved to work for Otuke County. Courtesy photo.

Mr Paul Omara: “The contest was not about themselves but entirely and squarely about what should be done to cause development in Otuke Constituency, which has remained behind compared to other rural constituencies in the country.”

Otuku—14, February 2021: The Member of Parliament elect for Otuke Constituency Mr Paul Omara and his immediate challenger Mr Richard Omara Awio have committed to join hands and work closely and together to propel massive development in Otuke Constituency.

In the just-concluded January 14th presidential and parliamentary elections, Mr Paul Omara who contested on independent ticket won the elections with 6,681 votes while his close challenger Mr Richard Omara Awio of National Resistance Movement Party (NRM) polled 6,442 votes according to results announced by the Otuke District Returning Officer, Ms Maureen Akullu.

Other candidates in the race include; Mr Moses Otim Augustine who polled 1,369, Mr Obong Daniel 391 and Mr Geoffrey Dick Okwanga got 88 votes.

On Friday 12, MP-elect, Mr Omara and Mr Richard Omara Awio met for the first time after the hotly contested elections. The meeting took place at Voice of Lango FM building located on Obote Avenue, Lira City.

The duo met and discussed for nearly one hour on topical issues, regarding how to propel development in the constituency now that the elections have ended.

According to Mr Paul Omara, the contest was not about themselves but entirely and squarely about what should be done to cause development in Otuke Constituency, which has remained behind compared to other rural constituencies in the country.

Mr Omara says his commitment is that the 11th Parliament should be different where the country and the citizen is put first, and serving the people with integrity and dignity.

During the Wimeja Show on the radio, Mr Paul Omara said he would incorporate the manifesto of his opponents and use it.

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Mr Richard Omara Awio on his part congratulated Mr Paul Omara for winning the elections, adding that since the elections have ended, he will give space and time for the winner to work.

Mr Awio says despite the fact that he lost, he will continue providing leadership and working with elected leaders and other stakeholders to further the interest of the people.

Paul Omara’s manifesto synopsis

  • Marshal plan for Otuke, where the district is appropriated a special fund to be used to reconstruct the district after the 20 years of LRA insurgency.
  • Reforms to include a greater improvement in the budgetary allocation for the district to enhance her capacity in effective and efficient service delivery in the core areas of roads infrastructure, education, health, water and sanitation and agriculture.
  • Work closely with the government to either upgrade Orum Health Center IV to a general Hospital status or build a general hospital to provide better health services to the people and ensure Otuke County gets a health centre IV where either Okwongo or Okwang Health Center III would be upgraded.
  • On the road network, he says he will work with the government to ensure the upgrading of the Lira-Otuke-Abim road and improvement in many roads in the district to facilitate easy transportation of people and commodities to the market.
  • Improvement in the quality of Education.
  • Enhance wealth creation in households through the strategic production of market-oriented crops.

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