The former deputy speaker of parliament Jacob Oulanyah on Friday failed to raise 100 Members of Parliament for his Speakership campaign launch at Sheraton Hotel Kampala.
Oulanyah and his campaign team only managed to get 76 MPs leaving them is disappointment.
The event had expected to raise 150 MPs but it turned out to register only the presence of half leaving the organizers wondering what made the remaining half to stay away without even sending their apologies.
“We invited all the 529 sworn in MPs and expected at least 150. 76 members have honored our invitation and made the event marvelous,” said a source in the organizing committee.
Some loud participants at the event included the former government chief whip Ruth Nankabirwa, who has no vote in the 11th Parliament because she was defeated in the 2021 elections. Nankabirwa was defeated by Christine Kaaya Nakimwero. Nakimwero has declared support for the incumbent Rebecca Kadaga.
The Uganda People Congress first lady Betty Amongi; UPC Whip in Parliament, Santa Alum; Otuke MP Omara Paul (also UPC) and Dokolo County MP Felix Okot Ogong were the among the MPs present.
The event also had Bright Rwamirama, Awany Tony, Isaac Ssejooba of Bukoto Midwest, Alex Ruhunda.
Some of the MPs including Robinah Nabanja run away from cameras and others hid in the toilet begging MPs not to quote them or report about them.
Over 300 MPs have already declared their support for the incumbent Rebecca Kadaga and recorded messages in her favour.
Some of the prominent people supporting Kadaga are deputy leader of government business in Parliament, Gen.Moses Ali and others.