Kampala – The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) top organ, Central Executive Committee (CEC), has endorsed the Omoro County MP, Mr Jacob Oulanyah to contest as the party’s flagbearer in the race for Speaker of the 11th Parliament, dropping 10th Parliament Speaker Ms Rebecca Kadaga ahead of tomorrow’s decisive vote.
After hours of question and answer session on Saturday at State House, Entebbe, Ms Kadaga, and Mr Oulanyah were told to go home at 7.30pm and wait for the CEC decision today at 8am or 10am.
Following lengthy deliberations Sunday morning, a majority of CEC members backed Mr Oulanyah to become the Speaker of the 11th Parliament over Ms Kadaga.
According to sources, many CEC members gave testimonies against Ms Kadaga over the tension that she has caused during her reign as Speaker of Parliament. The CEC also discussed issues of bribery where MPs were reportedly given money to support and vote for Ms Kadaga who is seeking another term as the speaker of Parliament, while the NRM chairman reportedly complained about candidates who defied his directive on campaigns for the position.
According to sources that attended the meeting, Mr Oulanyah used the recent performance of the National Resistance Movement in Northern in Uganda in recent polls to justify his achievements, pointing out that NRM secured more than 80 per cent of the votes in the region compared to the dismal performance from Busoga sub-region and entire Eastern Uganda, where Ms Kadaga comes from.
The NRM vice chairperson – Northern Uganda, also reminded members about his respect for the decision of the Central Executive Committee and the party chairman, when in 2016, he was asked to step down for Kadaga to allow her complete 10 years as Speaker.
But Ms Kadaga reportedly accused Mr Oulanyah of insubordination, dodging work, and travelling all the time.
Kadaga to Vie for Speakership as Independent Candidate
The Former speaker and also Kamuli Woman MP, Ms Rebecca Kadaga has, on Sunday, announced that she will contest as an Independent candidate for parliament’s top job.
The development comes after the NRM top organ, the Central Executive Committee (CEC) dropped her in favour of her former deputy Mr Jacob Oulanyah also Omoro County MP, who has been selected as the party flagbearer, ahead of tomorrow’s decisive vote.
“I have come to inform the people of Uganda that my party, the NRM has opted not to give me the party flag for position of Speaker of Parliament. I have therefore decided to contest as Independent,” Ms Kadaga announced.
Ms Kadaga, who has been the Speaker of the 9th and 10th Parliament and also the Deputy Speaker for the 7th and 8th Parliament, said there have always been many attempts to have her ejected from the party leadership but has always risen above the storm.
Following lengthy deliberations since Saturday at State House, Entebbe. majority of CEC members backed Mr Oulanyah to become the Speaker of the 11th Parliament over Ms Kadaga, who they accused of undermining the party as well as causing tension in the House during her reign, according to sources who are privy to the conclave.