Soroti Municipality Member of Parliament, Capt. Mike Mukula, has declared his retirement from Ugandan politics amidst emotions from his supporters and sympathizers.
Mukula was yesterday speaking at Soroti Sports Ground during his thanksgiving service that was led by Rt. Rev. George William Erwau the bishop of Soroti Anglican Diocese.
Erwau was accompanied by other four bishops from other religious denominations who included Bishop Emeritus Charles Obaikol Ebitu, Bishop John Eitu (Global Harvest church) among others.
Capt. Mukula said just like God created the earth in six days and rested in the seventh day, his seventh day has come and he is saying bye bye.
Mukula said that come February 2016, his name will not appear on any ballot paper adding that he will continue to pay allegiance to his party and become an advisor.
Mukula noted that he is not going to nurse any person for the Municipality seat, because it’s the mandate of the People to elect the person of their choice.
Mukula told the crowd that it’s with luck that he is still alive, adding that he underwent two health operations that narrowly claimed his life.
Mukula who was handed a stool, spear and shield to start a new life by a delegation from Kisumu Kenya.
Mukula called upon those aspiring to replace him to strive for unity.
Mukula added that he has not stepped aside because of fear but his leadership for the past 20 years is enough and wants to leave opportunity for others and he concentrates on his personal business.
Mukula, who has been in the heart of Teso and Ugandan politics since 1996, was flanked by his wife Gladys Mukula , children, and grandchildren.
Angeline Osegge, Woman MP Soroti said that the precedence that Mukula has to set is equally a challenge for them.
She said that it’s an example that must be emulated from bottom to top in the politics of this country and further cautioned the people of Teso to elect people who will represent the interests of the region.
Bishop George William Erwau, of Soroti diocese said that Mukula retires out of politics with legacy left behind.
Charles Oleny, former Usuk Member of Parliament said that it’s a dark moment in the politics of Teso, as we celebrate the political life of Mukula.
Oleny remembers Mukula for his motion of disarmament of Karamojong warriors which has yielded fruits of peace and stability in the region.
Julius Ocen, aspiring candidate for UPC party president said that Mike Mukula has set precedence for those clinging on power to borrow a leaflet from him.