Electoral Commission boss Justice Simon Byabakama Mugenyi congratulates Lucy Otim Achiro as the duly-elected Member of Parliament for Aruu North County

The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has sworn in Lucy Otim Achiro as the Member of Parliament for Aruu North County.

An Independent candidate, Ms. Achiro Otim retained her seat after beating National Resistance Movement candidate James Nabinson Kidega in a by-election held early April.

Through a petition filed by Kidega, the Aruu North parliamentary seat was declared vacant by the Court of Appeal in Kampala on February 8, after it was established that Achiro breached electoral laws.

Subsequently, NRM Chairman President Yoweri Museven camped the area to campaign for Kidega, while the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) backed Achiro after the party’s failure to field a candidate in the race.

Ms Achiro convincingly won with over 16,000 votes, beating rival Kidega who got 8,450 votes. However few hours to midnight, the district returning officer Joseph Omona declared her as the new Arru North MP.