Having been an active and appealing figure in Oyam district Politics since 2009, the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party is pointing fingers at picking Samuel Engola Junior to replace his father, Rt. Col. Charles Okello Engola Macodwogo, as the Member of Parliament for Oyam North.
The Charisma of Engola Junior who served as a counselor representing the town council, drew party leaders’ attention to him, in addition to a precedence set in the neighboring Omoro County and also Serere, where the sons if the departed legislators easily replaced their fathers.
Key NRM and opinion leaders in Oyam and Lango contend that Engola Junior is best positioned to replace the father.
“In Omoro County, which shares a lot with Oyam North, we supported and saw the son of former Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanya registering a resounding victory. Fortunately, in Oyam North, Engola Junior had already been participating in the local politics and affairs of the place: so he became our best bet and we are confident in his candidature, “said a key NRM leader in Lango.
According to them Engola Junior has already demonstrated his leadership potential and love for the people of Oyam.
“Engola Junior is not being picked from Kampala or anywhere to be imposed on the people of Oyam North. He (Engola) has committedly been with the people of Oyam for years and now the only person to take up the mantle of leadership, as we mourn our departed elder and retired soldiers,” he said.
Adding: “Engola Junior is devoted, qualified and dynamic youthful figure ready to accomplish the tasks ahead.”