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Deputy Speaker Race; Rwakoojo Hopeful for CEC Endorsement

Gomba West MP Robina Rwakoojo is optimistic that her experience in law will win her the endorsement of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Central Executive Committee (CEC) for the Deputy Speaker race.
Gomba West MP Robina Rwakoojo chaired the select committee investigating allegations of sexual violence in institutions of learning.

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Gomba West MP Robina Rwakoojo is optimistic that her experience in law will win her the endorsement of the National Resistance Movement -NRM Central Executive Committee (CEC)  for the Deputy Speaker race. 

   

Rwakoojo who has been elected for her second term in Parliament will tussle it out with 10 other candidates for the Deputy Speaker's job which falls vacant in May this year. 

The contestants are mostly NRM candidates who include Fox Odoi, the MP West Budama North, Jacob Oboth Oboth the MP West Budama South, and  Anita Among the Bukedea Woman MP . Others are;Thomas Tayebwa the Ruhinda MP and Theodore Ssekikubo the Lwemiyaga MP.

Two independent candidates are in the race, they include;  Eric Musana the Buyaga East MP and Muhammad Nsereko the Kampala Central MP .  Okin PP Ojara the Chua West MP and Yusuf Nsibambi the Mawaokota South are the only opposition candidates (Forum for Democratic Change-FDC) in the race.

The Deputy Speaker Oulanyah seeks to oust Speaker Rebecca Kadaga who has served two terms. While Kira Municipality MP, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda and Bukoto Central MP-elect Robert Ssebamala also wants the Speaker job.

Rwakoojo who officially launched her bid for the Deputy Speaker race at Imperial Royale Hotel on Thursday says she is confident that with the 25 years of experience from the Ministry of Justice she is the lady for the job.

She says that having risen from pupil state Attorney to Principle state Attorney and commissioner at the Ministry, her rich legal background as the Vice-chairperson Legal and Parliamentary committee,  and Equal Opportunities commission chairperson, she believes CEC will select her as candidate for Deputy Speaker for her experience and stature.

Although the 529 MPs in Parliament elect the Speaker, the NRM candidates for Speaker and Deputy Speaker are determined by the CEC chaired by President Museveni. The candidates are vetted by the NRM Parliamentary caucus and this is usually the position when voting.   

Asked by Journalists if she will respect CEC decisions, Rwakoojo said that she is a loyal party member who will respect party decisions. 

She says she believes that CEC will consider all people who have expressed interest and choose the most capable, which she is.  

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Asked if she is not concerned about the Deputy Speaker job being dependent on the mercies of the Speaker, Rwakoojo said that she would rather not comment on the matter. 

“If there is anything that has gone wrong, it is not the usual one. The Constitution and Rules of Procedure are sufficient enough to allow a good relationship between the Speaker and Deputy Speaker,” Rwakoojo said. 

On what she will do if elected, Rwakoojo says that  she plans to enhance the level of the debate of MPs through training.

She also says she plans to improve on the welfare of the MPs and staff of Parliament.     Rwakoojo also says she plans to promote the working relationship between the three arms of Government; The Executive, legislature and judiciary.   

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Kassanda South MP-elect David Kabanda  who is on Rwakoojo’s team described her as a a calm person who will encourage professionalism and integrity, and not engage in creating chaos and the formation of cliques.    

Hellen Grace Asamo, the representative of Persons with Disability for Eastern Uganda   says that Rwakoojo is an honest hard working woman who can transform Parliament with her leadership.

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Rosemary Tumusiime, the MP Entebbe Municipality says that Rwakoojo is quite an experienced and accommodative leader. She says that Rwakoojo is an independent-minded person, who has chaired the committees ably and has always been balanced.

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Eragu Veronica Bichetero, the Kaberamaido MP says that Rwakoojo’s ability and experience are visible by the trail of work she has done not only in Parliament but also in the Ministry of Justice.

As the chair of the select committee investigating sexual harassment in institutions of learning in 2018, Rwakoojo pinned school administrators, pupils and students as perpetrators of sexual violence. 

“The perpetrators include the Deans of universities, Headteachers, teachers, and pupils,” Rwakoojo said in her report.

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