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Kwesiga, 26, Is New UNAA President

capsule http://cirgroup.com/typo3conf/ext/dam/lib/class.tx_dam_iterator_db_lang_ovl.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The youthful electronic engineer managed to successfully pt up a stiff resistance against the incumbent Francis Ssenoga during elections that took place in Dallas, Texas, United States on Sunday.

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Kwesiga scooped 160 votes against Ssennoga’s 131 while Joseph Musoke trailed third with 31 votes.

Kwesiga now becomes the youngest leader of the association formed 25 years ago to bring together Ugandans in North America.

Born in Kigezi, Kwesiga is the chairman of the UNAA 2013 Dallas Organizing Committee (DOC) based here in Dallas, Texas.

He takes over at a time when wrangles are threatening the future of the organization formed 25 years ago.

Just recently, Kwesiga was attacked by a UNAA member known as Joseph Kamugisha for falling short of visiting his constituencies “let alone holding any local meeting as Council member to address issues concerning UNAA.”

Kwesiga also fired back, saying it was unfair to be “admonished for going out of my way as the UNAA Council Representative to recruit more people into UNAA; including visiting cities and communities like Austin, Texas and Houston, Texas which are not in my region.”

The UNAA conference was attended by key figures in the NRM government including Vice President Edward Ssekandi, Ofwono Opondo and Moses Byaruhanga.

Opposition leader Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu was also in attendance.

He reportedly addressed a “town hall meeting with all Ugandans and friends of Uganda at the Omni Dallas Hotel on the evening of Thursday August 29, 2013.”

During the election exercise, Monday Atigo was elected as vice president and Aisha Musoke Ogwang as the General Secretary while Jude Senkungu has been named as the treasurer.

The new executive will be supported by a governing council of 21 members.

OXFAM Executive Director General, Winnie Byanyima gave a key speech where he urged government to create a special ministry to cater for the interests of Ugandans in Diaspora and facilitate their transfer of funds to develop their nation.

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