Deputy Speaker's Race: Aspirants Uncertain of their Fate

2022 Views Kampala, Uganda

In short
In a press conference earlier today, Tanga told the media that some aspirants had complained to the President that they were locked out of the race. It is a cover up to allow Oulanyah to return there and present his bid for Deputy Speaker, the MP claimed.

There is uncertainty on the fate of six National Resistance Movement - NRM party legislators eyeing the position of deputy speaker in the 10th parliament. 



Unconfirmed reports from the NRM Central Executive Committee show that the six aspirants could be asked to step down in favor of the incumbent deputy speaker, Jacob Oulanyah.
 
 
Some of the aspirants told URN on condition of anonymity that despite the fact that they were vetted and approved by CEC, it is clear that the party wants to maintain the status quo in parliament. 



"We are aware that there were sharp divisions within CEC. They seem to have wanted to avoid any clashes between the two principals and opted to ask them to stay on in their respective positions," one of the aspirants told URN.
 
 
He says after compelling Oulanyah to drop from the speaker's race, he was advised to present his CV to the NRM party Electoral Commission chairperson, Dr. Tanga Odoi by 6 pm on Tuesday.

 
In a press conference earlier today, Tanga told the media that some aspirants had complained to the President that they were locked out of the race. "It is a cover up to allow Oulanyah to return there and present his bid for Deputy Speaker," the MP claimed.

 
Another aspirant told URN that it was unfair for CEC to allow them to go through the vetting process and drop them in a tactical manner yet they were sure that the matter would be put to a vote. 



"It is clear that CEC might announce this decision on Thursday when the NRM caucus convenes to vote. This means we are out of the race," said the legislator.
 
 
Another aspirant said they are still waiting for communication from the CEC on the way forward, adding that he is still in the race for deputy speaker. According to source, Oulanyah met President Yoweri Museveni today, who convinced him to drop out of the speaker's race in vain. 



Oulanyah reportedly stuck to his position, saying he is ready to tussle it out with Kadaga. By the time of filing this story, Oulanyah had not yet gone to the NRM Electoral Commission offices to present his CV as directed by CEC. 



Those vying for the position of deputy speaker include David Bahati, Denis Hamson Obua, Monica Amoding, Jovah Kamateeka, Abbas Agaba and Theodore Ssekikubo.

 

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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.