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Uganda to get a new Speaker of Parliament today.

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Outgoing Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga announced yesreday that she will run for the position as an independent candidate.

Kadaga made the announcement during a presser at Hotel Africana this evening following her loss to Jacob Oulanyah in internal elections in the National Resistance Movement (NRM).

In a terse, short statement, speaking in English (the official language) and then Lusoga (her native tongue), Kadaga explained that she had decided to stand as an independent.

Kadaga said that she had not been fairly heard in the party during the debate. She said that she had decided to contest because she feared that women were being forced out of leadership positions in the party.

She said that she had fallen out of favour with some sectors of the party because she had insisted on speaking for the rights of ordinary people. She said that is determined to continue to speak for the people who are marginalised.

The Candidate are: Incumbent Rebecca Kadaga,her former Deputy Jacob Oulanyah, and Semujju Nganda.

The Candidates for Deputy are Among Anita Annet,Thomas Tayeebwa, Jacob Oboth Oboth, Robinah Rwakoojo, Robinah Nabbanja (all NRM), Yusuf Nsibamabi (FDC), among others, have also expressed interest in the Deputy Speaker job.

The recently sworn-in members of the 11th Parliament are converging at Kololo airstrip to elect NRM party candidates for Speaker and Deputy Speaker.

Article 82 of the Constitution states that the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Parliament are supposed to be elected by MPs from among their number.

 In this regard, the Chief Justice (CJ) or a judge designated by the CJ will preside over the election of the Speaker, who then shall preside over the election of the Deputy Speaker.

Mr Charles Bukuwa, a senior information officer of Parliament, told Sunday Monitor in an interview yesterday that tomorrow’s event will be like a normal Parliament sitting, only that this one will be presided over by the CJ.

“All the sworn in MPs will make their way to Kololo and take their seats before the CJ arrives,” Mr Bukuwa said.

Mr Bakuwa said the CJ will read out the rules of the elections of the Speaker according to the Constitution before he calls for nominations of the candidates for the Speaker race.

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