The NRM Party ’s Anita Among (48) and Thomas Tayemwa (41) have been elected the new Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the 11th Parliament replacing the late Jacob Oulanyah who succumbed to terminal colon cancer.

During elections held at Kololo Independence Grounds, Anita polled 401 votes against 66 of the opposition’s Asuman Basalirwa. Tayebwa the young to be elected to the position of Deputy Speaker at the age of 41 got 379 votes while his opponent FDC’s Moses Okot Junior got 82 votes. The elections were conducted by the Chief Justice Owiny Dollo and presided over by President Yoweri Museveni.

in her moving acceptance speech Among pledged to continue with the fallen Jacob Oulanyah’s legacy stating thus ,”The leadership of the 11th Parliament will continue to be guided by a vision to have a people centred Parliament that is anchored on evidence based debates. Honourable Colleagues, we shall base all our decisions on facts as presented to the House.

Indeed we committed that reason and sound logic shall be used in tabling our positions, this will enable us to derive correct interpretation from agreed facts. I implore everyone to be tolerant and have mutual respect.”

The new Speaker said the economy, efficiency and effectiveness shall underpin Parliament’s utilization of the financial, material and human capital resources available to the MPs. ” The ongoing re-organization and institutional Reform of the Parliamentary Commission and the Parliamentary Service will continue until we achieve optimal performance and adequate support to the Members of Parliament. Legislative and Administrative support services must meet the needs of the Members of Parliament.

Ours shall be a Parliament where the needs of the common man take centre stage in order to achieve the social – economic transformation that the NRM manifesto strives to achieve, ” she stated.

Among added , “Honourable Colleagues, you have been unanimous in your assessment of my leadership; I’m here, ready to serve you, but I will serve you; as we walk the journey together. United as we have always been, let us deliver a transformed country that we all call home.”

She said that a better Uganda was good for everyone irrespective of political affiliation. “The reason we have reached out to all political parties in Parliament to work for our country. I will be a Speaker for all.”

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