KATAKWI DISTRICT: Residents of Katakwi District on Wednesday hit the streets of Katakwi Town to celebrate the appointment of Hon. Jessica Alupo as the new vice president of Uganda.
Alupo, the woman MP for Katakwi and former Education minister, was appointed to the seat on Tuesday by President Museveni.
Blowing horns and vuvuzelas, the residents expressed joy and thanked the President for remembering “their daughter.”
“We are excited this is a landmark achievement for people of Katakwi and Teso,” Mr Flibert Ocailap, the former RDC of Soroti and resident of Usuk sub county, said.
Mr Ocailap said the appointment will change the development dynamics of Katakwi district.
Ms Beatrice Icumar, resident of Okulunyo sub county, Katakwi district said her prayers is to see the forgotten sectors of education, and roads improved in Katakwi.
Katakwi already has another minister in Peter Ogwang, who has been reappointed to be in-charge of economic monitoring.
Alupo is a retired Major of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF). She first joined the cabinet as State Minister for Youth in 2009 and later served as Minister of Education and Sports between 2011 and 2015. But she lost her parliamentary seat in 2016 to Violet Akurut Adome and failed to return to the post-election cabinet.
In the just-concluded election, Alupo defied the National Resistance Movement-NRM party to contest as an independent candidate and eventually ousted Akurut, the official flag holder of the ruling party in polls held on January 14, 2021.