By Max Patrick Ocaido
It is Grace Hellen Asamo, MP representing Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in Eastern Region who beat the rest to table a motion to allow President Yoweri Museveni return as the NRM party’s sole candidate for 2021 general election.
According to the NRM Secretariat Spokesperson, Roger Mulindwa, Asamo tabled the motion on Sunday in Kyankwanzi shortly after Party Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba had read out the Party’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) Chobe resolution that among others included endorsing Museveni as party sole candidate. NRM caucus is currently having a one weeklong retreat that started last Thursday.
In her motion, Asamo said that, “Uganda needs President Museveni now more than ever before for his firm guidance and mentorship of the Party Membership.”
In 2015, Museveni's sole candidature for 2016 election was fronted by then Youth MP for Northern Uganda, Evelyn Anite now State minister for Investment.
Born on April 24, 1964 in Soroti district, Asamo went to Soroti P/S before joining Nkoma SS for UCE. She later joined the Institute of Teacher Education in Kyambogo for Grade III Teaching Certificate before upgrading to a diploma in education in 1996. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education in 2006.
Asamo is a teacher by profession having taught in several schools such as Nakatunya P/S from 1992-1997, Moroto SDA P/S in 1997 before being elevated to deputy head teacher. She also taught in Soroti P/S and served as deputy head teacher of Moroto Army School.
She also served acting Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director of the National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda (NUDIPU), an indigenous umbrella NGO of PWDs, formed in November 1987.
Asamo has been in parliament since 2011 and is currently Vice chairperson of Equal Opportunities Committee and member of the Committee on Gender, Labour and Social Development.
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