Burahya MP-Elect Muhanga Misses Swearing In

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Margaret Mugisa Muhanga, the MP-elect for Burahya in Kabarole district did not show up for the three days event, which commenced on Monday.

The swearing in of Members of the Tenth Parliament ended on Wednesday, with only one legislator unavailable to take oath.

Margaret Mugisa Muhanga, the MP-elect for Burahya in Kabarole district did not show up for the three days event, which commenced on Monday.

Parliament's Senior Public Affairs Officer, Peter Odeke noted that they had sworn in 426 MPs and that MP elect Muhanga never showed up after her name was called. The 426 MPs of the 427 MPs took their oaths of Allegiance and of Member of Parliament in the event held at the South Wing of Parliament.

The newly sworn in MPs convene Thursday, to elect the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the Tenth Parliament.

The first sitting will be presided over by the Deputy Chief Justice and will be attended by President Yoweri Museveni.

The Clerk to Parliament, Jane Kibirige, communicated in a notice to MPs that all members should be seated in the Conference Hall by 9.30am for the sitting to commence at 10.00am.
The Constitution provides that "no business shall be transacted in Parliament other than an election to the Office of Speaker at any time that office is vacant."

For the first time since 1996, President Yoweri Museveni is scheduled to administer oaths and hand over instruments of power to the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Parliament.

According to the Constitution, "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 National Resistence Movement (NRM), the party in government, nominated Rebecca Kadaga and Jacob Oulanyah, who have been Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the 9th Parliament respectively to retain their seats in the 10th Parliament.

The last day saw the swearing in of controversial Lwemiyaga MP, Theodore Ssekikubo, whose election and gazetting have been challenged in court. The former Vice President,Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, former Deputy Speaker of the 9th Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah, and Idi Amin Taban, son of former Ugandan President, Idi Amin Dada also took their oaths.

 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.