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Teenage girl Uganda's latest MP

2012-09-18 21:10

Kampala - A teenage girl fresh out of high school has won a seat in Uganda's parliament, adding to the ruling party's majority but embarrassing some who say her success lowers expectations of lawmakers in the East African country.

Proscovia Oromait, 19, contested elections deep in eastern Uganda to fill the seat left vacant after her father's death.

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 are widely seen as a test of Museveni's popularity, and some calculated that she would win with a sympathy vote. T

he result was Uganda's youngest lawmaker ever - and a boost for Museveni's party.

But some critics say the position is too much responsibility for a young girl.

Comments
  • samuel.mphela - 2012-09-18 21:18

    And this is the reason I'll be marrying a Ugandan. Haa! Interesting development, considering Kony and his MALE children soldiers.

  • ben.spreeth - 2012-09-18 21:25

    This is Africa. A laugh every day, never dull.

  • glourens1 - 2012-09-18 21:33

    What an absolute joke!!! Only in Africa!!! They skip youth league there, and move straight into politics!!!

  • Theo Ferreira - 2012-09-18 21:58

    Juju must be thinking " eish where did i go wrong"... Oh wait... He likes to talk about politics, he doesnt want to actually do anything.

  • edmund.deane.37 - 2012-09-18 22:16

    If the shoe fits!

  • smbusha - 2012-09-18 23:55

    i think this is a story of inspiration, courage and never giving up on the morals she was taught by her father. He must be looking down at his daughter with praise

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-19 00:52

      Yes, let's see, maybe she will just surprise many, and she could even be that bright, that she will join the opposition !!!!

  • gilbert.nyandoro - 2012-09-19 11:25

    This is democracy at work!!!!!!!!!

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