Kadaga, Oulanyah & Ssemujju: Who’ll laugh last?


Former Speaker Rebecca Kadaga. File photo

With the winner to be decided today by more than 500 MPs, an MP from northern Uganda who asked to remain anonymous, says Kadaga will have her last laugh today.

Kampala – 24, May 2021: More than 500 Members of Parliament are expected to elect new speaker and deputy speaker today (Monday). The function takes place at Kololo independence ground.

In the race for the parliament’s lucrative posts include: Jacob Oulanyah (MP, Omoro County) who’s the NRM flag bearer; Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga (Kamuli woman MP) who was rejected by her party top organ, CEC. She’s contesting on independent ticket.

Ibrahim Ssemujji Nganda, the Kira municipality MP, is the FDC party flag bearer, among others.

Anita Among (Bukedia woman MP) is one of the candidates for deputy speaker. She’s carrying the NRM flag.

On Sunday, Oulanyah won round one of the contest and his supporters celebrated.

For Kadaga and her team, it was about what next. Later, she announced she would contest as an independent candidate.

With a winner to be decided today by more than 500 MPs, an MP from northern Uganda who asked to remain anonymous, says Kadaga will have her last laugh today.

“Oulanyah and Kadaga are lawmakers with good and bad records that many Ugandans know. We had celebrations yesterday but today will be a good one for the Kamuli woman MP.”

Both candidates boast of support within the ruling party and the opposition. For Kadaga, having been dropped by her party, the MP says it’s not going to negatively impact on her today.

Out of 526 MPs (excluding three), as per what Kadaga’s campaign team were reporting, claims that more than 400 MPs will cast their votes for her.

However, the numbers are fake, according to the MP from the North.

“First of all their supporters, many of whom non-voters helped soil the image of the parliament through hate-statement, they attacked themselves, and so on.”

“What we saw on social media in terms of numbers and support to me were doctored and fake.”

Support

MPs like Mohammed Nsereko (Independent), Sarah Opendi (NRM) Cecelia Barbra Atim Ogwal (FDC), Gilbert Oulanya (FDC), Asuman Basalirwa (Jeema), and others have all shown support for Kadaga.

Similarly, MPs Paul Omara (Independent), Dr Opio Samuel Acuti (independent), Felix Okot Ogong (NRM), Amongi Betty Ongom (UPC), Linda Agnes Auma (independent), among others are supporting Oulanyah.

MP Nsereko promised to mobilise support for Kadaga ahead of the voting day, telling the former speaker to “stand up and be counted”.

Going by the above support at least for now, both are 50:50!

Comprehensive reporting after declaration of winners.


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