Olanya, who doubles as the Secretary-General of the Acholi Parliamentary Group-APG, says that the Speaker is required to treat each and every legislator with dignity and respect because they represent the opinions of their voters.
The Kilak South Member of parliament, Gilbert Olanya has
distanced himself from the recent decision by the Acholi Parliamentary
Group-APG endorsing the Omoro county legislator, Jacob Oulanyah for the
speaker’s race, saying it an act of immaturity and mere excitement.
Olanya, who doubles as the Secretary-General of the Acholi
Parliamentary Group-APG, says that the Speaker is required to treat each and
every legislator with dignity and respect because they represent the opinions
of their voters.
He says that it was wrong for Acholi as a tribe to position
itself as belonging to a particular speaker during the forthcoming elections
because it could trigger sectarian and tribal politics especially if the
the successful candidate doesn’t receive support from Acholi legislators.
According to Olanya,
if the incumbent speaker, Rebecca Kadaga retains her seat, the Acholi Parliamentary
Group might find itself in an awkward position to demand services and follow up
on some key issues affecting their people.
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Olanya’s concern comes a few days after members of Acholi
Parliamentary Group led by their chairperson, P.P Okin Ojara, the Chua West legislator convened a media briefing at Churchill
Courts Hotel in Gulu City on Saturday afternoon where they openly endorsed Oulanyah
for the speaker’s race.
that they had held meetings with newly elected MPs from Acholi, cultural,
religious and community leaders to consult on Oulanyah’s candidature. He explained that they resolved to endorse Oulanyah because of his competence,
humility, honesty, objectivity, brotherhood and capability to steer the
Arthur Owor, a political scientist based in Gulu City,
says that whatever is happening is a manifestation of patronage where every
tribe and religion want to have a share of the national cake. He says there`s
need for Ugandans to transcend and begin looking at politics beyond tribes and
religion among others.
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Oulanyah seeks to unseat his boss, Rebecca Kadaga in the
forthcoming speaker’s race. The two have already declared their interest to run
for the same office come may this year.