The Minister of State for Defence, Jacob Oboth-Oboth, has confirmed that he will run for Speaker of the 11th Parliament, according to The Nile Post.
Oboth-Oboth stated in a brief interview with The Nile Post that, while he has not yet resigned from his ministerial position, he is “definitely picking the expression of interest forms” on Tuesday.
The position of the speaker became vacant after its previous occupant, Jacob Oulanyah, died last weekend in Seattle, Washington. According to the law, no business can be conducted in the House while the speaker’s office is vacant.
The election of the speaker will take place on Friday, March 25, according to the tentative schedule.
Oboth-Oboth, who chaired the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee, which controversially recommended lifting the presidential age limit, stated that he will work to continue Oulanyah’s legacy.
Oboth-Oboth is expected to face off against deputy speaker Anita Among, who has expressed interest in becoming speaker. Thomas Tayebwa, Theodore Ssekikubo, and Abdu Katuntu are among those expected to run.
Jacob Marksons Oboth Oboth commonly known as Jacob Oboth-Oboth (born 13 April 1971) is a Ugandan lawyer, intellectual property (IP) expert, and politician. He is the elected Member of Parliament for West Budama County South.
Oboth-Oboth is the current chairperson of the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee and the former chairperson of the parliamentary Committee on Rules, Discipline and Privileges and the Committee on Natural Resources.
He is a serving member of the parliamentary Business Committee
Oboth-Oboth was born in Tororo District Eastern Uganda, on 13 April 1971 in an Anglican family. A down-to-earth person, he did odd jobs to make ends meet in his childhood. From fetching water for a fee for locals to storekeeping, he did it all.
He attended Muwafu Primary School for his primary school education and St. Denis Ssebugwawo Secondary School for his O-level academic qualifications.
At one time, Oboth-Oboth was picked up by American missionaries from Tororo streets after being sent away from school for lack of tuition. During his time with the missionaries, he worked as a storekeeper on top of doing other petty jobs for two years before joining Tororo High School for his A-Level education. Oboth-Oboth was admitted to Makerere University in 1997 to study Law. Subsequently, he enrolled for a management certificate course at Uganda Management Institute.
In 2004, he acquired two certifications from the International Development Law Organization; one in Intellectual Property and another in Public Procurement.
He also has a Master of Law degree (2007) in the election and cyber law from the University of Minnesota.
After graduating as a lawyer, Oboth-Oboth served as the Deputy Attorney General for Tieng Adhola Cultural Institution.
He also secured employment in the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs as a state attorney. He worked in Mbale for some time as the State Attorney Mbale Regional Office before going to the United States to pursue a master’s degree in election and cyberlaw at the University of Minnesota.
Upon his return in 2007, Oboth-Oboth resumed his work in government until 2010 when he resigned to join active politics. His stay in the US had enabled him to acquire donors who offered to initiate projects in his constituency, and that in a way helped sway voters to his side. He found it easy to reach out to the poor in his constituency because he was seen as one of them.
Jacob Oboth-Oboth was first elected as West Budama South MP (Independent) in 2011 after defeating the then State Minister for Labor, Dr. Emmanuel Otaala, who subsequently but unsuccessfully challenged his victory in the Courts of law.
He retained his seat in 2016 after polling 20,653 votes against the NRM candidate, Phibby Awere Otaala’s 19, 462 votes. Oboth-Oboth set the record for being the first legislator to be elected for a second successive term in this constituency which had not re-elected an incumbent MP to Parliament since 1996.
In the 9th Parliament, Oboth-Oboth was the chairperson of the Committee on Rules, Discipline, and Privileges and the parliamentary ad hoc committee to investigate the electricity sub-sector; the Committee on Natural Resources. In the 10th Parliament, he is the chairperson of the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee and a member of the Committee on Rules, Discipline and Privileges and the Business Committee.