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Parliament To Vote For Speaker Today, It's Tight

Parliament To Vote For Speaker Today, It’s Tight

The 11th parliament is today going to vote for their speaker. The race is tight and mainly between Jacob Oulanya and Rebecca Kadaga. The National Resistance Movement CEC voted for Oulanya as their candidate yesterday.

As opposed to what we all expected, Kadaga is now standing as an independent. This is the first time we are having such an issue in regard to the speakership in NRM.

Immediately after the CEC voted for Oulanya as their candidate, Kadaga held a press conference and talked to the media.

“There have been many attempts to eject me from NRM party. I will contest for Speaker as an Independent. I’m being pushed out because of speaking about issues concerning ordinary people,” she said

“I want to stand up for the rights of those who are still marginalized. Therefore, I’m appealing to the people of Uganda to ask their representatives in parliament to do the needful.”

Apparently, Kadaga signed an agreement to give up in her position after this term. According to Oulanya, they signed an agreement to seal this but Kadaga denied signing such agreement.

Kadaga has been speaker for 10 years, rumour has it that in the 10th parliament, they talked Oulanya out of the speakership race to the deputy position to leave room for Kadaga.

It’s hard to predict who will win now because everything is possible.

Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo will preside over this sitting. President Yoweri Museveni is expected to be in attendance since as head of state, he swears in the new speaker.

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