Kisoro district MP collapses in parliament during EALA representatives elections

The plenary session was thrown into a frenzy yesterday, when Members of Parliament were gripped with shock and panic after their colleague lost consciousness as candidates for the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) were presenting their manifestos.

Legislators carrying Eddie Kwizera out of Parliament after he collapsed

Thursday September 29 session, in which the contestants for EALA representatives of Uganda where submitting their declarations, came to a halt when Bukimbiri County legislator, Eddie Kwizera suddenly collapsed.

Fellow legislators rushed to lift Kwizera out of the House and into an ambulance, which transported him to hospital.

It is still unclear what resulted in his collapse.

Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among was presiding the session when the incident happened. The election: presentations, voting, tallying, altogether took over seven hours.

However, the scheduled elections continued as lawmakers listened to candidates presentations before casting votes for their candidates from among the 28 contestants.

They included: Independent EALA candidates, Jacquiline Amongin (from the 10th parliament), Dennis Kapyata, Daniel Muwonge Mugwanya, Stella Kiryowa (from the 10th parliament, Phiona Rwandarugali, Patience Naamara Tumwesigye, and Lauben Bwengye Muhangi. Mohamed kateregga of Justice Forum (Jeema) was also among the candidates, however, he had made his submission prior to the session.

Other candidates came from Opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Democratic Party (DP), Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) and the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM).

Nine representatives are expected to wave the Ugandan flag in EALA in Arusha, Tanzania.

Kwizera was announced Bukimbiri County MP in by-election from a court ruling after inconsistencies from the 2021 elections. He was announced winner by Kisoro District Returning Officer Daniel Nayebare, beating three opponents.

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