Kampala – A total of thirteen legislators have expressed intent to hold the ruling party flag in the Speakership race following the passing of Jacob Oulanyah in the United States.
These include the Deputy Speaker, Anita Among, Deputy Attorney General Jackson Kafuuzi, Minister of State for Defence, Jacob Oboth Oboth, Jackson Atima Lee Buti, Arua Central MP, Tororo Woman MP, Sarah Opendi, and others.
Others are Dokolo South MP, Felix Okot Ogongo, Lwemiyaga County MP Theodore Ssekikubo, Kagoma North MP Kintu Brandon, Minister of Health Jane Ruth Aceng, and Minister of State for Sports, Hamson Obua, Florence Asiimwe, the Masindi Woman MP, John Amos Okot, the Agago North MP and Pius Wakabi, the Bugahya County MP.
The position of Speaker fell vacant after the death of Omoro County MP, Jacob Oulanyah. He died on Sunday from a hospital in Seattle USA, where he had been taken for specialized treatment last month.
At the time of his death, Oulanyah had only presided over parliament business for 9 months and 24 days since his election to the position on 24th May 2021.
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for East African Affairs Rt Hon Rebecca Alitwaala Kadaga has turned down interest in the Speakership race.
The country, since the demise of Speaker Jacob Oulanyah, has been pandering with no work done by Parliament, including the laying of Oulanyah’s body in Parliament.
Oulanyah’s death was announced on Sunday by President Yoweri Museveni and the law requires that for any business of Parliament to continue after the demise of the Speaker, a new Speaker should first be elected.
On Monday, NRM party communicated that it had opened gates for everyone who needed to contest for the position to show interest today at the NRM Secretariat.
Just after the expression of interest by Anita Among Annet at the NRM Secretariat on Tuesday morning, one of the handlers of Ms Kadaga told the public that after consultations, the former speaker would not contest for the slot and will continue fighting for the Intergration of East Africa in her office as Minister for East African Affairs.
Kadaga previously served as Deputy and Speaker of Parliament for twenty years.
She succeeded Rt Hon Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi and was preceded by Late Jacob L’Okori Oulanyah.
Sources within Parliament claim, well as the highest authority within NRM wanted Hamson Obua to take over from Jacob Oulanyah, Anita Among Annet remains the most popular candidate in the race.
The election of the Speaker of Parliament will take place on Friday March 25.