Parliament Speaker race heats up
Publish Date: May 10, 2011
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By Sylvia Nankya

FIVE people have so far declared their candidacy for the post of the deputy Speaker of the ninth Parliament.

They Include; Wilfred Niwagaba (Ndorwa East), Peter Nyombi (Nakasongola), Jacob Oulannya (Omoro), Fox Odoi (West Budama North) and Odonga Otto (Aruu County).

The five, majority of whom are from the ruling NRM Party are all seeking to replace Kamuli Woman MP Rebecca Kadaga who is now contesting for the Speaker’s post currently held by Edward Kiwanuka Sekandi.

Kadaga who has served as deputy Speaker for ten years will be tussling with Budadiri East MP Nathan Nandala Mafabi for the post.

Niwagaba and Nyombi are openly campaigning for the post while others have submitted requests to the NRM caucus seeking for its backing.

Ndorwa West MP David Bahati told New Vision that the Caucus has already received formal requests from four members.

In a Press conference held at Parliament yesterday, Niwagaba said he wants to use the Deputy Speaker’s Job to be able to re-brand the seat of the Speaker to impartiality.

“In all my decisions I will be impartial as I have always been and I expect all right thinking members of Parliament, Including those who branded me a Rebel to support my candidature,” Niwagaba said.

Nyombi is one of the MPs, who were thrown out of Parliament by the constitutional court ruling which affected 70 others and has been in Parliament since 2006.

But the NRM caucus said yesterday it will hold a special session after the administration of oaths for members of the ninth Parliament to generate consensus on one individual who will have the party’s backing ahead of the elections to be held on 19th May.

Fox Odoi (West Budama North), the former presidential advisor on legal affairs is a new entrant in Parliament but insists that has what it take for the job.

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