- NRM party caucus to determine next Speaker
- Speaker to be elected at Kololo grounds on May 24th,2021
The NRM Central Executive Committee (CEC) has resolved to send two names to its parliamentary caucus to elect the Speaker of the 11th Parliament .
The NRM CEC which sat at State House Entebbe and Chaired by President Yoweri Museveni who is also the party Chairman resolved to recommend two names to contest for the position of Speaker of Parliament .
CEC will also vet candidates vying for the position of Deputy Speaker and they will come up with another two names they will forward to the caucus for elections- slated to be held on May 24th ,at Kololo Independence grounds .
Accordingly , CEC asked its party members interested in contesting for the position of Speaker of Parliament and deputy Speaker to express their interest in writing to the party’s electoral commission. It’s from those who will express interest by May 21 -that CEC will convene and pick the best candidate for each of the positions to be presented before the caucus that is slated to meet on May 23 a day before the elections are held .
It is expected that the two NRM candidates for the position of Speaker will be , Kamuli Woman MP, Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga and Jacob Oulanyah the MP for Omoro county plus opposition candidate ,Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda the MP for Kira Municipality.
At least a total of 529 Members of Parliament will elect the next speaker .The ruling NRM party commands a solid majority with over 400 MPs who were elected on the party’s ticket and other independent MPs but who associate with the NRM.
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 .
After swearing today morning , Ms Rebecca Kadaga said her next step after swearing in as Kamuli Woman Member of Parliament will be to put in her notice for speakership for the 11th Parliament. “The next step is to put in my notice for the speakership,” the outgoing speaker told journalists during MPs’ swearing in ceremony at Parliament.
She also said she plans to embark on fulfilling pledges she made to her constituents during campaigns. “There are many things we agreed to do. There are things they told me during the campaigns, including increasing the number of technical schools in the district, water issues. I’m also supposed to ensure there is solar lighting, especially at the trading centers in the district and also improve on girl child education,” she added.
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