Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah

Just like President Yoweri Museveni had wanted, the status quo of the Ninth Parliament has been maintained.

Jacob Oulanya, MP for Omoro (NRM) and former occupant of the deputy speaker post has surprisingly beaten Kampala Central MP Mohammad Nsereko.

Mr. Nsereko an Independent who was recently kicked out of the ruling party caucus meeting at State House Entebbe polled 115 votes while his opponent got 300 with one vote becoming invalid.

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It was a heated contest which even led President Museveni who had gone to attend the vote in the Parliament Conference hall get asked to move out briefly.

The President last week prevailed over seven NRM MPs who accordingly withdrew from the Deputy Speaker’s race.

Ms. Rebecca Kadaga was elected speaker unopposed on Thursday morning during the first sitting of the August House.

In her acceptance speech, Ms Kadaga promises to be speaker of all MPs.

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