Deputy Speaker, Parliament of Uganda Jacob Oulanyah

A section of Central Executive Committee  and party members of the National Resistance Movement are pushing for Jacob Oulanyah to become the next Speaker of Parliament.

According to them, Mr Oulanyah deserves to be next Speaker given that his region voted party presidential flag bearer and posted high number of Members of Parliament.

Oulanyah is NRM Vice Chairperson for Northern Region. Oulanyah who has previously contested for the same slot but pulled out after party machinery prevailing over him to let it for the Kamuli district Woman MP, Rebecca Kadaga.

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“It is no longer a secret, we are fronting Jacob Oulanya because he has been loyal to the party but above all, his region performed better. We are not against Kadaga but reality be told, she has been a deputy speaker and speaker trice. However, the overall factor is that her region didn’t vote our flag bearer”. a CEC source that sought anonymity told Eagle Online

According to media reports, Oulanyah has already indicated his interests to contest against Kadaga. Last year at a conflict resolution meeting at State House which was attended by both Kadaga, Oulanyah and other top party wigs that was presided over by President Museveni, Oulanyah affirmed to the head of state that come rain or sunshine, he was going to challenge Kadaga and nobody would compel him to quit the race.

What remains to be seen is whether the opposition and independents will front a candidate for any of the positions of Deputy and Speaker but what is known is that Kadaga has had the opposition and independents on her side.