By Denis Okot
Kamuli Woman MP Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga has congratulated Hon. Jacob Oulanyah upon his election as 11th Parliament Speaker.
Oulanyah garnered 310 votes with Kadaga getting 197 votes.
FDC’s Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda trailed with just 15 votes. 2 were nvalid.
Oulanyah was the ruling party NRM’s candidate.
Oulanyah takes over from Kadaga, who decided to contest as an independent after the party’s Central Executive Committee over-looked her for the elections.
Before taking the chair of the House, the Speaker @JacobOulanyah took oath, was robed and handed instruments of power by HE Kaguta Museveni.
The elections held at Kololo Independence Grounds were presided over by Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo, and were the first sitting of the 11th Parliament following the swearing in of 529 elected Members of Parliament last week.
Omoro County MP Oulanyah has been serving as Deputy Speaker in the 9th and 10th Parliament, with Kamuli Woman MP Kadaga as Speaker in both previous parliaments. Both candidates are from the ruling National Resistance Movement -NRM party but Kadaga chose to contest as an independent candidate after her party offered the flag to Oulanyah.
“This election was challenging As a result, expectations are high, fears & uncertainties exist; but together, we should build bridges, mend relationships, rebuild friendships & replace despair with hope. I pledge to provide leadership through this,” Oulanyah said after he was declared winner by the Chief Justice Owiny Dollo.
Article 82 of the Constitution provides that the Speaker and Deputy Speaker shall be elected by Members of Parliament from their number and a person shall not be qualified to be elected Speaker or Deputy Speaker if he or she is a Vice President or a Minister.
“No business shall be transacted in parliament other than an election to the office of Speaker at any time that the office of the Speaker is vacant. The Chief Justice or a Judge designated by the Chief Justice shall preside at an election of a Speaker, and the Speaker shall preside at an election of the Deputy Speaker,” the Constitution stipulates.
This same procedure is laid down under Rule 5 of the Parliament Rules of Procedure.
NRM’s Anita Amongi is the new deputy speaker after beating Hon. Yusuf Nsibambi and Hon. Mohammad Nsereko.