Museveni Warns Against Ring Fencing Speaker's Position

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According to sources, Museveni said those interested in the positions of speaker and deputy speaker of parliament should be free to contest in a leveled playing ground.

President Yoweri Museveni has warned against ring fencing the position of the speaker and deputy speaker. Museveni reportedly stated his position during the National Resistance Movement-NRM party Central Executive Committee-CEC meeting held at Entebbe State House on Sunday.
 
 
According to sources, Museveni said those interested in the positions of speaker and deputy speaker of parliament should be free to contest in a leveled playing ground. 



"The President said that as has been done in the past, those interested should state their intentions and the NRM caucus in Parliament will thereafter vote for their preferred candidate," the source quoted Museveni as saying.
 
 
Museveni's warning comes a day after a section of the Buganda Parliamentary Caucus members led by their Secretary General; Benny Namugwanya demanded that the position of the Speaker be ring fenced for the incumbent, Rebecca Kadaga. 



In a recent media interview, was also quoted, saying that
she should be left to serve another five-year term like her predecessor and incumbent vice president, Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi.
 
 
According to another source, during the CEC meeting warned those vying for the position of speaker against using his name in a bid to gain support. "He was not happy that some candidates have been throwing around his name, claiming that they have full backing from him. He told them to go and fight for the positions using their credentials," the source revealed.

 
CEC also resolved that those vying for Speakership shall pay five million Shillings as expression of interest fees while the deputy speaker position attracts a two million Shillings fee. Those vying for the position of speaker include Rebecca Kadaga and her deputy, Jacob Oulanya.
 
 
The position of Deputy Speaker has attracted Wilfred Niwagaba, Theodore Ssekikubo, Monica Amoding, Jacob Oboth, Jovah Kamateeka and Denis Hamson Obua. The NRM parliamentary caucus is set to convene on May 5th to elect two candidates for the positions.

 

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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.