Speaker: Oulanyah wins it to spoil Kadaga’s birthday


Has won: Jacob Oulanyah. Courtesy photo.

Ssemujju got only 15 votes, while Kadaga, the outgoing speaker obtained 197 votes.

Kololo, Kampala – 24, May 2021: The Omoro County MP, Jacob Oulanyah has been elected as the speaker of the Uganda’s parliament on NRM ticket.

He will be in charge of the 11th parliament until May 2026.

Oulanyah beats FDC’s Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda and independent candidate Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga. He obtained 310 votes.

Ssemujju got only 15 votes, while Kadaga, the outgoing speaker obtained 197 votes. A total of 522 valid votes were cast.

On Sunday, NRM top organ, the Central Executive Committee (CEC) abandoned Kadaga, giving the party flag to the Omoro County MP.

In a stormy meeting held at State House Sunday, Kadaga reportedly walked out.

She was driven to Kampala from where she declared she would contest on independent ticket.

Both Kadaga and Oulanyah “worked togather” for 10 years. Oulanyah deputised her for one decade.

After 10 years of waiting, on Monday, Oulanyah, who’s also the NRM national vice chairperson in charge northern Uganda was elected.

The elections for speaker and deputy speaker was scheduled on a day former speaker, Kadaga was born.

The Chief Justice, Alfonse Owiny Dollo presided over the function, alongside Clerk to Parliament and her team.


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