Ekanya dares Amelia in art of public crying


Tororo County MP Geoffrey Ekanya and a member of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) talks on phone at the compound of the NRM electoral offices at Kyadondo. Photo by Nicholas Oneal/New Vision

He is currently the most dramatic Member of Parliament, if we are to go by ratings.

Tororo County MP, Geoffrey Ekanya, earned that designation this week when he staged the most dramatic episode in the history of Uganda’s parliament.

After accusing govern of denying his people a district status, Ekanya unveiled a “suicide skit” on the floor of the August house taking Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah, quite by surprise.

He actually went for his maroon necktie and started untying it with the sole purpose of undressing and then “strangling” himself.

As Parliament roared with repeated laughter, cheering and jeering, Oulanyah agreed the skit was good enough to be presented at the National Theatre for public consumption.

Ekanya storms NRM offices next day, denies defecting

Yesterday, as NRM aspirants returned nomination forms to the party headquarters at Kyadondo, Ekanya, an opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) member, too showed up.

According to New Vision, NRM aspirants embraced Ekanya thinking that he had crossed to the ruling party.

In his characteristic manner, Ekanya easily dashed their hopes saying he had only “come to check on my friend, Dr. Tanga Odoi”.

Odoi is the chairperson of the NRM electoral commission.

“I am here to check on my good friend and former lecturer. I have not crossed. And I have not come to return NRM nomination forms. I am here to visit a friend.”

He took the gesture quite personally and lashed out: “Let’s have mature politics in this country. Coming to NRM offices doesn’t mean that I have crossed.”

Following closely in Ekanya’s footsteps as one of the finest dramatic MPs, is Amelia Kyambadde, the Mawakota North legislator.



In February this year, the former Principle Private Secretary to President Yoweri Museveni and now Minister for Trade, Industry and Cooperatives broke down and cried at Namabo primary school in Kafumu sub county in Mpigi district.

Kyambadde was “shocked by the alarming health services” on the ground in spite of the efforts to improve the status quo.

The minister broke down and cried while addressing a Californian delegation led by an 11 year-old donor who had delivered donation to a primary school in Mpigi town council.

Emulating Amelia, Ekanya too cried in parliament after government refused to give him a district.

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