Meet Africa’s Youngest Parliamentarian! 19 Year-Old Proscovia Alengot Oromait Wins a Parliamentary Seat in Ugandan Elections & Makes History.
In a continent laden with overaged leaders who often spend multiple terms in power, it is such a breath of fresh air to hear of a 19 year-old contesting and winning an election for a political office.
Proscovia Alengot Oromait was recently elected to the Ugandan Parliament, making her the youngest and first teenage politician in all of Africa!
Some months ago, Alengot was studying for her Advanced Levels exams and had plans to go to college. But sadly, she lost her father in July and changed her plans, deciding to run for his spot as a Parliament member in their local Usuk county.
She ran for the elections last week under the National Revolutionary Movement (NRM)’s and won, beating eight other candidates. Alengot garnered 11,059 votes while her closest rival won only 5,329 votes.
According to Standard Media, Alengot sparked off emotions of sympathy when she expressed her interest to replace her father after he passed away.
She was actively involved in her late father’s campaigns and his developmental projects. “She has been also passionate about the projects her father had promised to initiate in the constituency, including lobbying for education and health infrastructure,” Opio Edekep, Alengot’s campaign manager was quoted as saying.
She has been exhibiting leadership skills in high school. As a student, Alengot chaired the debate club, was the brain behind the school’s weekly news bulletin and the leader of the patriotism club.
Just two weeks ago, she was elected as NRM’s flag bearer after she easily won the party primaries.
In the interview with a local TV station below, she said her age wasn’t a problem. “Age does not matter, it’s not the age that works, it’s the brain and the knowledge that one has,” she said. Watch the Video Here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxDjm8B4NKM&feature=player_embedded Be Inspired!!!!