Former Minister of Education and Sports, Jessica Alupo Epel will be contesting for Katakwi district woman Member of Parliament on and independent ticket.
Alupo made her decision after a controversial residual NRM primary election on Wednesday gave her opponent, Akuru Violet 19,186 votes against the former’s 87 votes.
The election which was held in Okore sub-county came as a result of a petitions made by the two rivals after the main election of September 4, 2020.
Alupo got 38,582 votes in the September 4th poll against Akurut’s 29,435 votes. The Okore sub-county election on Thursday pushed Akurut’s figure to 48,671 votes against Alupo’s 38,667.
The former minister has declared that her victory was robbed and that she will not allow the will of the people of Katakwi to be squandered hence the decision to stand on independent ticket.
“The victory that people of Katakwi blessed me with during NRM primaries was in broad day light stolen from us on Thursday,” said Alupo.
“Today I announce to you that I have decided to contest as an independent candidate after getting blessings from the thousands like yourselves that have supported me throughout the years and very recently in the primaries.”
She stated that violence was meted on the people Katakwi, a matter she described as “unfortunate” and has urged her supporters to exercise restraint.
“I urge my supporters to exercise restraint, and continue being as peace as they have always been even when continuously provoked by our friends from the other side. Let’s observe the rule of law, fair campaigns, am sure in the end we shall emerge victorious like we just did in primaries, in the re-run 2 days ago and in 2016,” she concluded.