By Uganda Online Media
Kampala: Members of the Opposition political parties in Parliament have endorsed Kira Municipality MP Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda to contest for the Speaker race to replace the late Jacob Oulanyah.
According to sources at parliament, the deputy speaker slot has been reserved for Bugiri Municipality MP Asumani Basalirwa in case the position falls vacant when Anita Among, is approved by the Central Executive Committee of the ruling party to run for the speakership.
However, the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party yesterday revealed that it has no vacancy for the position of a deputy speaker.
This was confirmed by the NRM electoral commission chairperson Dr. Tanga Odoi saying that the party will not conduct any nominations for the deputy speaker position.
“We do not have a vacancy for the deputy speaker. We only have a vacancy for the speaker,” Tanga Odoi told Journalists at NRM Secretariat in Kyadondo.
Before Odoi’s statements, sources from the statehouse revealed that president Museveni declined to endorse because of Among Anita’s interest to replace her deceased boss Oulanyah thus advising her to remain in her position as deputy speaker.
The same source revealed that Museveni directed the state Minister for defense Jacob Oboth Oboth to resign from his duties and collect the party nomination forms for the position however according to Odoi, Museveni has not yet endorsed any candidate for the speakership race.
“All aspirants will be vetted by the Central Executive Committee chaired by the party chairperson and those found fit will be recommended to the NRM parliamentary caucus,” Odoi said.
Meanwhile, Anita Among who picked nomination forms through her personal assistant, Mary Athieno from the NRM Secretariat In Kyadondo and we wait to see what the NRM Caucus decides on who to front on the position.