He dismissed reports that the NRM CEC had ring-fenced the position
Lwemiyaga MP Theodore Ssekikubo has said he is still in the race for Deputy Speaker of the next Parliament which will be sworn beginning 16th May.
NRM Central Executive Committee (CEC) resolved to have Rebecca Kadaga and Jacob Oulanyah retain their current positions in the 10th parliament.
Addressing a press conference on Wednesday at parliament, Ssekikubo dismissed reports that the NRM CEC had ring-fenced the position for the current Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah.
"Up to yesterday 7:30pm, no other person apart from Rosette Mutambi had picked forms for nomination as Deputy Speaker. This means we are only seven in the race without the current Deputy Speaker” Ssekikubo said.
The legislator further argued that by the party electoral commission allowing more entrants in the race it means CEC has made no decision to ring-fence the position for anyone.
Ssekikubo said the bickering between Jacob Oulanyah and Rebecca Kadaga is one of the reasons he chose to stand.
The Ajuri County MP Hamson Obua who is also the NRM causes spokesman also informed New Vision that he is still in the race.
"We were vetted on Monday by CEC and we were told the decision would be communicated tomorrow on Thursday in the caucus. So, I am a prospective candidate until that process is concluded," Obua explained.
Other NRM candidates in the race for Deputy Speaker include Kitagwenda MP Abbas Agaba, state minister for finance David Bahati, Mbarara woman MP Roset Mutambi, Mitooma woman MP Jovah Kamateka, and outgoing national female youth MP Monica Amoding.
Independent MPs who are in the race include Kampala Central MP Muhammad Nsereko, Budama South MP Jacob Oboth and FDC's Reagan Okumu.