The newly elected Arua Municipality Member of Parliament, Kassiano Wadri has taken oath of parliament days after he was released on bail following treason charges. He was sworn in on Wednesday afternoon by the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah.
He was accompanied by his daughter Brendan Wadri, the Ntungamo Municipality MP, Gerald Karuhanga, Opposition Chief Whip, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, Aswa County MP, Reagan Okumu and other opposition legislators.
Oulanyah, who delayed to appear at the swearing in venue, humorously told Wadri that he delayed because he was expecting a court injunction stopping his swearing in. He said Wadri’s swearing in gives some confidence to the institutions of the country.
Wadri told Journalists that his swearing in and victory is not a mini achievement since he was voted while in jail amidst intimidation of the voters.
Wadri replaces the former Arua Municipality MP, Ibrahim Abiriga who was gunned down by unknown assailants in June this year in Matugga in Wakiso district, a short distance from his home.
The former Terego legislator trounced 11 other candidates in the highly contested Arua municipality parliamentary by-election held two weeks ago. Wadri garnered 6421 polls defeating his main challenger, NRM’s Nusura Tiperu who polled 4798 votes.
Robert Ejiku came third with 2694 votes followed by FDC’s Bruce Musema with 1369 votes. Wadri served in the Seventh, Eighth and Ninth Parliament as the Terego County MP and lost in the 2016 polls.