- Speaker to be elected at Kololo grounds on May 24th,2021
The NRM Central Executive Committee (CEC) will convene this week to discuss and agree on who should be the next Speaker of the 11th Parliament .
Impeccable sources told ugandaupdatenews.com that CEC will deliberate about the choices available on who will be the next speaker- as different groups of MPs- quietly campaign for their candidates for the 3rd most powerful position in government . The out -going Speaker Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga is seeking for another term with her- hitherto Deputy , Jacob Oulanyah challenging for the same position. Opposition MP, Ibrahim Semujju Nganda has also expressed interest in the job.
The CEC meeting will be held as the new MPs start swearing in for the next four days -May17th to May 20th according to a program that was released by the Clerk to Parliament , Ms. Jane Kibirige.
Its has become tradition for the NRM CEC to sit and deliberate on who should be elected Speaker because parliament is a very influence arm of the executive led by newly sworn President Yoweri Museveni.
Last month, President Yoweri Museveni who is also the NRM Party Chairman ,stopped campaigns for the Speakership and warned that any one who continued campaigns would be dealt with. He also stated that CEC would be the one to choose a candidate and that decision will not be reversed .
Both Kadaga and Oulanyah have separately and privately held long -running meetings with Museveni perhaps to convince him why either of them should be the next Speaker.
At least a total of 529 Members of Parliament-elect will be sworn into office. The swearing-in ceremony will take place at Parliament’s South Wing parking lot. The ceremony will run from 8am to 1.30pm and there will be a break of 30 minutes before the ceremony resumes from 2pm to 6.30pm everyday . About 80 to 120 MPs-elect will be sworn everyday and the swearing in will be done in alphabetical order.
All the 529 MPs will elect the Speaker and Deputy Speaker on May 24th and the opposition MPs have promised to vote as a bloc for a Speaker they believe will be “balanced and fair “ in the conduct of parliamentary business and taking the interests of the people of Uganda as a top priority .