Anita Among, three ministers express interest in replacing Oulanyah as Parliament speaker

Deputy Speaker of Parliament Anita Among (PHOTO /Courtesy)

KAMPALA: Anita Among is among four people that have expressed interest in the Speaker of Parliament seat following the death of Jacob Oulanyah, the UG Standard has learnt.

The others are State Minister for Relief and Disaster Preparedness Hillary Onek, State minister for Sports Hamson Obua (Ajuri County MP), and State Minister for Defence Jacob Oboth Oboth (West Budama South).

Among is set to be nominated for the position ahead of elections scheduled for Friday, March 25, 2022.

MP Dan Kimosho (Kazo County), who has been appointed as the coordinator for the Among campaign team, told journalists on Monday that the Deputy Speaker is well suited to the job since she has ably deputised Oulanyah for the time he has been sick.

It was not immediately clear how many other candidates have fronted themselves for the speakership.

The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM), which has the majority in Parliament, has called for a caucus on Wednesday to determine who to front for the position.

Oboth-Oboth is the current chairperson of the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee and the former chairperson[2] of the parliamentary Committee on Rules, Discipline and Privileges and the Committee on Natural Resources.

Earlier, Cabinet in its Tuesday sitting also resolved that the speaker has to be replaced on Friday.

The Constitution provides that no business shall be transacted in Parliament other than the election to the office of Speaker at any time that the office falls vacant.

The election under the circumstances will be presided over by the Chief Justice or a judge designated by the Chief Justice until the new speaker takes an oath.

The new speaker will then preside over the session to eulogise his predecessor who died on Sunday in a hospital in Seattle. The special parliamentary session will be held on Thursday, March 31, 2022, ahead of his burial which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 2, 2022, in Lalogi, Omoro district, according to a tentative programme issued this afternoon.

Oulanyah, who doubled as the Omoro County legislator and Vice-Chairperson of the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party for Northern Uganda, becomes Uganda’s first ever serving speaker to die in office.

He was flown out of the country on February 3, 2022, for specialized treatment following a referral by doctors at Mulago National Referral Hospital where he was admitted before his condition deteriorated.

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