On Sunday, Among poled 168 votes against Ruhinda North County MP Thomas Tayebwa’s 149 votes while Gomba West Member of Parliament (MP) Robinah Rwakoojo polled 10 votes.
Bukedea Woman Member of Parliament Anita Among on Sunday thanked the National Resistance Movement Caucus for voting her as the National Resistance Movement (NRM) candidate for the position of the deputy speaker.
“I am expressing my gratitude to the NRM Caucus for your time and consideration to vote me as your flag bearer in the deputy speakership race. Your perspective and encouragement mean a great deal to me, you and the entire 11th Parliament,” Among said.
On Sunday, Among poled 168 votes against Ruhinda North County MP Thomas Tayebwa’s 149 votes while Gomba West Member of Parliament (MP) Robinah Rwakoojo polled 10 votes. NRM Electoral Commission Chairperson Tanga Odoi presided over the elections.
On Sunday NRM’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) dropped other candidates who included Theodore Ssekikubo, State Minister for health in charge of General Duties Robinah Nabbanja, Jacob Oboth Oboth from the race for Deputy Speaker of the 11th Parliament.
The business of the 11 Parliament starts tomorrow at Kololo Ceremonial grounds with the election of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Parliament.
Jacob Oulanyah was on Sunday voted by the NRM’s Central Executive Committee as its flagbearer. Oulanyah and Among will now face off with Forum for Democratic Change Semujju Nganda for the position of the Speaker and Dennis Oguzu, (Maracha County, FDC), Muhammad Nsereko(Kampala Central, Ind) and Yusuf Nsibambi (Mawokota South,Ind) for the position of Deputy Speaker.
Former Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga who was defeated by Oulanyah on Sunday evening declared she was still in the race. Sources close to her noted that she was planning to contest as an independent candidate.
Her supporters on Sunday vowed to nominate her to contest as an independent candidate.
Bugiri Municipality Member of Parliament Asuman Basaalirwa vowed to mobilise Parliament on Monday to vote for Rebecca Kadaga as new Speaker of the 11 Parliament.
“I don’t have faith in the NRM internal processes. My faith and I insist the voting should take place in the whole house tomorrow. I am mobilizing colleagues outside the caucus for Kadaga and I am ready to nominate her tomorrow,” Basaalirwa said.