The struggle for the seat of the deceased speaker shattered Museveni’s NRM.
The death of House Speaker Jacob Oulanyah has rekindled divisions that go beyond traditional political rivals. The fight to succeed him has begun, putting the governing party’s precarious power balance in jeopardy.
After the unfortunate death of House Speaker Hon. Jacob Oulanyah, the speakership of parliament has been left vacant.
The race is underway to fill the seat. According to rules of procedure, the office of the Speaker must be filed within a certain length of time, which has generated consternation among members of the Opposition and the NRM.
The legislation stipulates that if the Speakership becomes vacant, the only activity that must be conducted in Parliament is the election of the Speaker.
According to Emmanuel Dombo, the NRM’s Director of Communications, the President directed that Parliament pick a Speaker on Friday in accordance with the law, during a cabinet meeting held yesterday.
Members of the NRM are preparing their forms of expression for the post today, March 22nd, 2021.
The NRM Executive Committee begins the process of selecting a flag bearer for the Speakership.
Hon. Anita Among, the Deputy Speaker, has indicated interest in the role today. Her personal assistant sent in her papers since she was unable to attend due to illness.
Independent Hon Oboth Oboth has also indicated interest in the role. Hon. Jacob Marksons Oboth, sometimes known as Jacob Oboth-Oboth, is a Ugandan politician, lawyer, and intellectual property specialist. He is the Member of Parliament representing West Budama County South, which he was elected to.
Ssemujju Nganda, a member of the opposition, has indicated interest in becoming Speaker of Parliament. Nganda stated he will apply for the role in a statement released by one of the media outlets.
‘I hope we have a dialogue with NRM to choose who will be the Speaker of Parliament, so we don’t have the same chaotic experience as last time.’ If they do not accept, I will apply for this post,’ Nganda added.
The speakership does not need to be filled by a lawyer, according to Hon. Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda.
‘The Speaker does not have to be a lawyer. We want someone who is kind and will look after the MPs. To maintain unity in Parliament, we need to find a compromise candidate,’ stated the Kira Municipality MP.
There has been conjecture that Rt. Hon. Kadaga Rebecca is interested in becoming Speaker, and Emmanuel Dombo has spoken out on the subject.
‘I’m not sure whether Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga would want to take on the Speakership, but she is qualified.’ ‘All we have to do now is wait for individuals to exhibit an interest,’ Dombo added.
‘NRM is a well-organized group with complex procedures. Once the President provided direction on the Speaker’s vacancy, our party’s processes were activated. Today’s expression of interest period will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.,’
Government Chief Whip Tayebwa Thomas, on the other hand, has said that he would not run for Speaker of Parliament. Through his Twitter account, he verified this.
Dr. Tanga Odoi urged that no candidate should retire until CEC has given its approval. That was the advice we were given. He urged NRM members to accept the CEC’s decision, stating that being a Speaker is not a life or death position.
Jackson Kafuuzi (Jackson Kafuuzi) On the NRM banner, a member of parliament for Kyegegwa has also stated his desire to run for Speaker. Kafuuzi, the Deputy Attorney General, has said that if he defeats Among in the Party Primary elections, he would retire from his present position.
If Hon. Anita Among wins the Speaker election, the position of Deputy Speaker will become vacant, necessitating a new election in the House. Lilian Aber, a Woman Member of Parliament from Kitgum, has shown interest in running for Deputy Speaker if Anita Among is elected Speaker.
The election for the new Speaker will be hung in the balance until Friday, when it will be held in an unusual session. Jacob Oulanyah will go down in Ugandan history as the first Ugandan Speaker to die while in office.