The new Member of Parliament for Amuru district, prescription Hon. Lucy Akello, see has Tuesday taken her oaths of allegiance and Member of Parliament just two weeks after winning a hugely competitive by-election.
The FDC lawmaker emerged victorious in the by-election held on November 20, and 2014 to replace Hon. Betty Bigombe, the former Minister of State for Water, who resigned to take on a new job in the World Bank in Washington, USA.
Akello beat NRM candidate Jane Francis Okilli with over 600 votes in the hotly-contested race.
The new legislator swore to be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Republic of Uganda and to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. She also swore to give faithful service to Parliament.
The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Jacob Oulanyah welcomed the new Member and handed her a copy of the Constitution and the Parliament Rules of Procedure.
“This is the highest political forum where matters of the country and how it relates to the international community are discussed,” he said.
“I welcome you here and encourage you to legislate not only for your constituency, but for your country as a whole.”
The Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Wafula Oguttu appealed to government to use dialogue and respect and avoid harassing Opposition party leaders. He welcomed Hon. Akello to Parliament, saying the Opposition was growing steadily in the House.
The Minister of State for Fisheries, Hon. Ruth Nankabirwa congratulated the Opposition for working together during the by election, delivering Akello to the Parliament.