Herbert-Edmond-Ariko Vote for Leaders Who Can Lobby for You - Aceng to Soroti
NRM's Herbert Ariko

Ruth Aceng, Minister of Health, has urged Soroti residents to support Herbert Ariko in the upcoming by-election, saying government lobbying will be smooth.

The Minister of Health, Ruth Aceng has called on residents in Soroti to rally support for NRM’s Herbert Ariko in the upcoming by-election saying they will be assured of smooth lobbying from the government.

Aceng made the remarks while inspecting Soroti Regional Referral Hospital. She said Soroti like all areas that have seen quick development needs a leader who will cooperate well with the top leadership in power.

“Soroti needs serious leaders who will cooperate with the government in ensuring that all resources reach out to our people. NRM is committed to serving our people because we were entrusted with leadership by the people,” Aceng said.

Aceng who was in company of the State Minister for Economic Monitoring Peter Ogwang and NRM’s director for mobilisation, Rosemary Nansubuga Sseninde said Soroti deserves better parliamentary representation coupled with sustainable and inclusive community empowerment through livelihood projects for lasting social impact.

In his words, Ogwang commended the minister for ensuring that health workers’ salaries are enhanced. He said this would motivate workers to even be more efficient hike undertaking their duties.

Meanwhile, the Electoral Commission has so far cleared three candidates to vie for the Soroti East directly elected Member of Parliament by-election scheduled to take place next Thursday on July 28.

NRM’s Ariko will be looking to lock horns with Pascal Amuriat of the Uganda Peoples Congress party and Forum for Democratic Change candidate Moses Attan whose previous victory was annulled by the Court over irregularities. 

Following a complaint, the Court of Appeal in May 2022, withdrew victory from Moses Attan as the area Member of Parliament on claims that the election was not conducted freely and fairly.

The judgment came up after an appeal by one voter who challenged the annexation and transfer of Opiyai and Aloet wards from Soroti East to Soroti West after the nomination of the candidates, which denied over 4,560 voters the right to exercise their constitutional right to vote.

Court ruled then that at the time of voter verification, Opiyai and Aloet Awards (polling stations) were verified and confirmed to fall under Soroti East and therefore that sudden change left voters at a loss and confused as to where they belong and whom to vote for as they were presented with ballot papers of strange candidates than the ones they expected to vote for.