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Rehema Watongola, MP Kamuli Municipality Dead From Covid-19

Rehema Watongola, MP Kamuli Municipality Dead From Covid-19

Kamuli Municipality Member of Parliament Rehema Watongola is reportedly dead. Ministry of health reports indicate that Watongola succumbed to Covid-19 at Mulago hospital on Saturday morning. They admitted her at Mulago hospital after she tested positive.

Watongola is therefore the second Ugandan MP to succumb to the coronavirus after Pallisa district Woman MP Faith Alupo. Alupo passed on in September.

As of November 12, Uganda had a cumulative total of 15,402 Covid-19 cases. Wotongola’s death therefore increases the number of deaths which was 144.  The country also has 8,038 recoveries recorded to date.

Watongola reclaimed the Kamuli municipality parliamentary seat in 2017 after beating Proscovia Salaamu Musumba of FDC and four other candidates. She garnered 8,726 beating her main rival, Musumba with a margin of close to three thousand votes. Musumba, whose petition challenging Watongola’s victory in February 2016 was the reason for the by-election, garnered 5778 votes.

Rehema Watongola, had lost the Kamuli Municipality National Resistance Movement primaries held in August this year to Mastula Namatovu. She further claimed that mercenaries from the National Unity Platform influenced the polls.

She therefore proceeded and was nominated as an independent candidate for the 2021 General elections.

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William is a Senior Editor at Newslex Point and has been since January 2020. He is a creative writer who enjoys a good read, books and coffee are his friends.

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