The Uganda Women’s Parliamentarians Association (UWOPA), has elected Hon. Monicah Amoding (Kumi District) as the Chairperson of the women’s body. The elections were part of the association’s Annual General Meeting that was held Thursday, 14th July 2016 at Parliament.
Hon. Monicah Amoding beat Hon. Spellanza Baguma (Kyenjojo District) in a tightly contested election garnering 33 votes against her closest competitor’s 30 votes. Other contenders to the position included Hon. Elizabeth Karungi (Kanungu District) who got 12 votes and Hon. Susan Amero (Amuria District) with 6 votes.
“As I assured you in my campaigns, we in UWOPA shall see to it that we do an excellent job. My appeal to you colleagues on the Executive is for us to take UWOPA to greater heights,” Hon. Amoding said, in her acceptance speech.
Other Executive Members elected include:
1. Vice Chairperson: Hon. Norah Bigirwa (Buliisa District);
2. Treasurer: Hon Dorothy Nshaija (Kamwenge District);
3. Secretary General: Hon. Joy Atim Ongom (Lira District);
4. Publicity Secretary: Hon, Pamela Kamugo (Budaka District).
Regional representatives designated to the Association include:
• Hon. Florence Namayanja, Bukoto County, Central Region;
• Hon. Rose Kabagyenyi (Kisoro District), Western Region;
• Hon. Agnes Kunihira, representing Workers;
• Hon. Margaret Baba Diri (Koboko District) representing Persons With Disabilities;
• Hon. Flavia Byekwaso representing the UPDF;
• Hon. Sara Babirye Kityo representing Youth;
The representatives of Eastern and Northern regions were yet to be designated.
The objective of UWOPA is to build capacity of its members to effectively ensure gender sensitive legislation. In networking with national and local government, it hopes to support the protection and promotion of women and girl’s rights in Uganda.
UWOPA was established during the National Resistance Council (NRC) in the 5th Parliament of Uganda (1989-1994) with the aim of engendering the legislative process; creating awareness campaigns and encouraging lobbying as well as advocacy, resource mobilization and information dissemination.
In a related event, Prof. Morris Ogenga Latigo, was elected Chairperson Acholi Parliamentary Group. He is deputized by Hon. Adong Lily, Woman Representative, Nwoya. The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah is the patron of the Group.