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Teenage Lawmaker: 19-year-old Wins Election to Fill Parliament Seat Left Vacant by Her Father’s Death

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A lot of people might quickly want to wave this aside as the “Children Parliamentarians” thing we have in this part of Africa; or the One Day Governor arrangement which has become relatively popular in Lagos State. NO. This is real African politics!

Proscovia Oromait, a female teenager, has contested an election and won a seat in Uganda’s parliament, adding to the ruling party’s majority. Oromait, who is 19 and a college hopeful, contested elections in eastern Uganda to fill the seat left vacant by her father’s death.

While President Yoweri Museveni’s ruling party had been desperate for a win there – having lost seven in eight parliamentary by-elections this year – the polls have come to be widely seen as a test of Museveni’s popularity, and some party bosses calculated that she would win with a sympathy vote.

According to Michael Mukula, a lawmaker who is one of the ruling party’s deputy chairmen, “I am a bit concerned and taken aback because of her lack of experience and lack of exposure… This is not a constituency you want to give a child of that age to shoulder.”

As a lawmaker, Oromait will be representing a place called Usuk, where dirt roads become flooded in the rainy season and where there is only one functional high school. This rural constituency of some 100,000 people is said to be thoroughly impoverished, even by Uganda’s standards.

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5 Comments

  1. Ignis

    September 19, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    It can never happen in Nigeria.

  2. uduak

    September 19, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    I thank God for you, more grease to your elbows.

  3. Angela-Philippa Ameh

    September 19, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    It is high time young blood is injected into a system of recylced bureaucratic bottle neckss.Go girl! We want to see you in action legislating for women and children rights as well as enhancincing ,ameliorate your costituent.

  4. Memyself

    September 19, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    What is those that supose to mean,What is those that supose to mean,What is those that supose to mean,What is those that supose to mean,

  5. Barrister Cosmos Nike Nwedu

    September 19, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Oh my God. Everything can be possible with YOU! I am very happy for this teenage. I am very much happy with you girl. That is great! Keep on going…
    The God who gave you the victory will surely give you the knowledge and wisedom to represent your people to HIS own glory.
    Justice has prevailed. I will dwell in a nation where justice is the pillar of development.
    CONGRATULATIONS!

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Court Revokes Faisal Maina’s Bail For Failure To Attend Trial

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Court Revokes Faisal Maina’s Bail For Failure To Attend Trial

Abdulrasheed Maina son, Faisal

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Tuesday ordered the arrested of Faisal Maina, the son of Abdulrasheed Maina, for jumping bail in his trial on money laundering charges.

Justice Okon Abang who revoked Faisal’s bail ordered that his trial would continue in absentia pending when the security agencies would be able to arrest and produce him in court.

The judge also asked his surety, a member of the House of Representatives, Sani Umar Dangaladima, representing the Kaura-Namoda Federal Constituency of Zamfara State, to appear before the court to show cause why he should not forfeit the N60m bail bond which he signed for Faisal.

Also Read: Alleged Money Laundering: Court Orders Arrest Of Abdulrasheed Maina

At Failsal’s money-laundering trial resumption on Tuesday, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s prosecution counsel, Mohammed Abubakar, told the court that Maina’s son and Hon. Dangaladima both failed to appear in court since June 24, 2020.

Abubakar, therefore, applied the revocation of his bail and his arrest citing section 184 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.

The prosecution also applied for the court to order his trial in absentia as provided by 352(4) of ACJA.

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Insecurity: I Don’t See Things Returning To Normal In Northern Nigeria – Omokri

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Insecurity: I Don't See Things Returning To Normal In Northern Nigeria - Omokri

Reno Omokri

Former presidential aide, Reno Omokri has expressed that he is pessimistic about life returning to normal in Northern Nigeria after the Coronavirus pandemic with the increasing insecurity in the nation.

In the past few days, there have been various reports of kidnapping, killing, and attacks by bandits on citizens in the Northern region of the country.

Also Read: Nigerian Army’s account of their involvement in the Lekki Massacre is as straight as Bobrisky’: Omokri

Reacting to the situation, Omokri pointed out that due to the insecurity in the region, he foresees marriages, burials, ceremonies, and even trade being conducted virtually.

He wrote:

“Even after #COVID19, I don’t see things returning to normal in Northern Nigeria. Insecurity is overwhelming. I foresee marriages, burials, ceremonies, and even trade being conducted over zoom. Nobody in Northern Nigeria can safely travel. Absolutely NOBODY.”

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Former Lawmaker, Shehu Sani Defends Gowon Over Allegations Of Looting CBN

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Former Lawmaker, Shehu Sani Defends Gowon Over Allegations Of Looting CBN

Shehu Sani

Former lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani has come out to defend former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (Rtd) who was recently accused of looting half of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) during his reign.

Sani in a statement via his Twitter account on Tuesday where he defended the former leader, pointed out that Gowon left office without any evidence of wealth.

Also Read: Shehu Sani Hails FG’s Exclusion Of ASUU From IPPIS

He added that the claim against Gowon by a member of the UK Parliament is totally false.

He wrote:

“General Yakubu Gowon; The claim of ‘looting the CBN’ made by the British Minister for Africa as represented by Mr James Duddridge against Gen Gowon is nothing but outright falsehood. Gowon exited power without any evidence of wealth & that remains, for over four decades after power.”

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