Niwagaba, Nsereko in Talks over Deputy Speaker Post

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URN has learnt that the two independent legislators held negotiations today to agree on who should be fronted as a candidate for the position. The agreed candidate will then face-off with Jacob Oulanyah, the incumbent Deputy Speaker of Parliament.

Negotiations are underway between Ndorwa East MP Wilfred Niwagaba and Kampala Central MP Mohammed Nsereko over the position of the Deputy Speaker of the tenth parliament.

URN has learnt that the two independent legislators held negotiations today to agree on who should be fronted as a candidate for the position. The agreed candidate will then face-off with Jacob Oulanyah, the incumbent Deputy Speaker of Parliament.

Oulanyah, who had initially expressed interest for the position of Speaker of Parliament was instead advised to maintain the Deputy Speakers seat and endorsed for the same by the National Resistance Movement-NRM party caucus in a sitting held yesterday.

"The two MPs believe that fronting one candidate will help to consolidate more votes from the legislators against Oulanyah," one of the MPs who attended the meeting told URN.

While Nsereko declined to comment on the matter, Niwagaba admitted that there were ongoing discussions but declined to divulge details into the matter.

The two teams are expected to hold a subsequent meeting to agree on who will be fronted.

The development comes after West Budama South MP Jacob Oboth, who had equally expressed interest in the position, opted out of the race. Oboth, an NRM-leaning independent legislator says he decided to step down in favour of Oulanyah in respect to a position taken by NRM.
 
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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.