The National Resistance Movement (NRM) party
Parliamentary Caucus has confirmed Bukedea Woman MP, Anita Among as the party’s
candidate for the Speaker race.
This was during the caucus meeting held on Thursday
at Kololo Independence Grounds.
Among who has been serving as Deputy Speaker of
Parliament was also endorsed by the party’s top organ, the Central Executive
Committee (CEC) on Wednesday.
She was elected for the position of Deputy Speaker
on May 24, 2021.
Thomas Tayebwa, the NRM party Chief Whip was also
endorsed by CEC and later confirmed by
the parliamentary caucus.
The Ruhinda North MP
confirmed the development through his official tweeter handle.
“Thank you colleagues for endorsing me
unopposed for Deputy Speaker on NRM ticket,” he said.
Tayebwa’s endorsement followed the
withdrawal of the candidature of 12 aspirants who had expressed interest in the
Deputy Speaker seat according to a statement by the NRM CEC.
These included Lwemiyaga County MP
Theodore Ssekikubo, Bungokho
North MP John Faith Magolo, Worker’s
MP Abdulhu Byakatonda, Kabula County MP Enos Asiimwe, Worker’s MP Arinaitwe
Rwakajara, Ajuri County MP Hamson Denis Obua, Labwor County MP Norman
Ocher, Kitgum Woman MP Lillian Aber, Kinkizi East MP James Kaberuka, West
Budama North East Fox Odoi and Agago North North MP John Amos Okot.
Helen Auma, the Busia
Woman MP said that they are ready to support their candidates as endorsed by the
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The Constitution provides that no
business shall be transacted in Parliament other than an election of Speaker at
any time that office is vacant.
Both Among and
Tayebwa were formally members of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change –FDC
before joining the ruling party.
They will now contest against Opposition candidates in the race. Bugiri Municipality MP,
Asuman Basalirwa was endorsed to contest for Speaker position while Kioga
County MP, Moses Okot Bitek is to contest for Deputy Speaker.
The ruling NRM party
has majority MPs in the Eleventh Parliament totaling 336 while the Opposition
has 109 MPs.
On Friday, the MPs
will converge at Kololo Independence Grounds to elect the new Speaker under
Rule 5 of the Parliament Rules of Procedure. The rule provides that the Speaker shall be elected by MPs with voting rights in a plenary
sitting that will be presided over by the Chief Justice or a Judge designated by
the Chief Justice.
Rule 5 (8), a person presiding shall then invite nominations from MPs present.
The nominee will be required to consent to the nomination and subsequently, be
seconded before the proposer gives a brief statement of the background and
qualifications of the nominee.
In the event that only one person is nominated for the
position of Speaker, he or she shall be declared elected and conducted to the
Rule 5 (12) of the Rules of Procedure, provides
that where more than one person is nominated, the House shall proceed to elect
a Speaker by a secret ballot.
person elected Speaker shall then subscribe to the Oath of Speaker upon which,
the new Speaker will be presented with the Mace, the Uganda Flag, the Court of
Arms, the Speaker’s robes, the Rules of Procedure of Parliament, and the
Constitution of the Republic of Uganda.
the event that Among is voted Speaker, she will have to immediately preside
over the election of the Deputy Speaker as stipulated by Rule 6 (4) of the
Rules of Procedure which also states that, “An election to the Office of Deputy
Speaker shall be held at the first sitting of Parliament after that office
election of the Deputy Speaker will be conducted in a similar manner provided under
Rule 5 of the Rules of Procedure.