Confusion as Parliament Vets EC Commissioners Not Nominated by President Museveni


Parliament's vetting of new Electoral Commission (EC) commissioners, particularly the anticipated appointment of Hon Kasule Sebunya, took an unexpected turn in a surprising twist.

During the vetting on Tuesday, the final list presented an unexpected omission—two candidates nominated by President Museveni, namely Pamella Etonu Okudi and Hon Kasule Sebunya. This unexpected development has led to speculation regarding the reasons behind the exclusion of these nominees.

Initially positioned for crucial roles within the EC, Hon Kasule Sebunya and Pamella Etonu Okudi now find themselves absent from the finalized lineup. This exclusion carries significant implications, given the crucial responsibilities of EC commissioners in overseeing electoral processes and upholding transparency within Uganda's democratic framework.
President Museveni nominess

President Yoweri Museveni had presented a list of 7 nominated commissioners for vetting in a letter dated January 5, 2024, as replacements for outgoing commissioners. Among the retained members were Chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama, Deputy Hajati Aisha Lubega, and Steven Tashobya, along with new faces like Dr. Sallie Simba Kayunga, Anthony Okeillo, Pamella Etonu Okudi, and Robert Kasule Sebunya.

However, during the vetting process, the absence of Kasule and Pamella Etonu Okudi raised eyebrows, leading to their replacement by Caroline Bainamaryo and Emorut James Peter, respectively.

Nominees vetted by parliament 

The constitution mandates the President to appoint commissioners, while Parliament conducts the vetting process. The absence of Sebunya during vetting suggests the possibility that he was deemed unfit for the position, contributing to the last-minute decision to drop him.

Sebunya, a former Nansana Municipality MP who faced defeat in the 2016 and 2021 general elections, adds another layer of intrigue to the unfolding developments. The circumstances surrounding his exclusion will undoubtedly be closely monitored as the story continues to evolve.

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