'Rebel MPs' Theodore Ssekikubo and Muhammad Nsereko

President Yoweri Museveni has asked Kampala Central MP-elect Muhammad Nsereko to step down and not contest for the post of Deputy Speaker, in favour of Jacob Oulanyah.

In February, Nsereko run for parliament as an Independent and won the Kampala Central constituency, after which he raised the bar and sought to contest for the deputy speakership.

But a source that attended today’s National Resistance Movement Caucus meeting to determine the next pair to lead Parliament quoted Mr Museveni as saying that Nsereko ‘is a good cadre’ and that he (the President) would ‘talk’ to him to drop his bid for the second-most coveted office in the legislature.

“Nsereko is a good cadre and I will talk to him,” Mr Museveni reportedly said.

A free-spirited and outspoken member of the National Resistance Movement (NRM), Nsereko has had intermittent run-ins with his party that at one time led to him being lined up for disciplinary action alongside other controversial NRM MPs including Theodore Sekikubo, Barnabas Tinkasimiire  and Wilfred Niwagaba, who were dubbed ‘rebel MPs’.

Six MPs-elect had shown interest in the post of Deputy Speaker and these include Sekikubo, Hamson Obua, Jovah Kamateeka, Monica Amoding and Finance State Minister for Planning David Bahati.

By press time they had all reportedly stepped down in favour of Oulanyah.