The Central Executive Committee of the National Resistance Movement has agreed on the way forward on the position of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Parliament after a meeting held at State House in Entebbe yesterday.
In a brief statement issued by the NRM National Chairman President Yoweri Museveni, CEC will present their recommendations to the NRM parliamentary caucus on May 5, 2016.
“The Central Executive Committee (CEC) of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) met under the chairmanship of HE Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and agreed on the way forward on the issue of Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Parliament. The recommendations will be presented to parliamentary caucus on 5th of May 2016,” he said.
The race for Speaker that is pitting incumbent Rebecca Kadaga against her deputy Jacob Oulanyah has attracted a lot of acrimony in the ruling party, resulting into loyalty factions.
As a result, recently a group of about 30 MPs-elect from the Busoga region reportedly held a meeting where they pledged loyalty to Kadaga, while it is said that Mityana North MP-elect Godfrey Kiwanda Ssuubi, who is also the NRM Buganda Caucus chairman, is canvassing support for Oulanyah among the Buganda MPs.
Notably however, the NRM Chairman Yoweri Museveni has distanced himself from according support to all those vying for the post of Speaker and Deputy Speaker.