The Forum for Democratic Change-FDC has endorsed Kira Municipality Member of Parliament Ibrahim Semujju Nganda for the position of Speaker in the 11th parliament.
Last month the party spokesperson, who also doubles as the Opposition Chief Whip officially declared his intention to contest saying he has been in parliament for two terms hence he is capable of leading the parliament while in his third term.
The FDC chairman Wasswa Birigwa made the announcement at their party offices in Najjanankumbi in Kampala, saying that the party National Executive Committee unanimously agreed to have Semujju stand for the position.
Birigwa also announced that Counsel Yusuf Nsibambi, the MP-elect for Mawokota South will contest in the Deputy Speaker race.
“I am happy to announce that a decision has been reached by the party through its top organs, the working committee, the Parliamentary caucus and the National Executive Council (NEC) to front the Hon. Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda and Hon. Yussuf Nsibambi to contest for the positions of Speaker and deputy speaker of the 11th Parliament respectively,” Waswa Birigwa said while addressing the media at the party headquarters Najjanankumbi.
Birigwa said that as FDC, they will give their candidates all the necessary support throughout the race in the next Parliament.
Ssemujju will battle it out with the incumbent Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, her deputy Jacob Oulanyah and Rakai district Woman MP Juliet Kinyamatama.
The race for the deputy speaker of parliament has attracted candidates like West Budama MP Oboth Oboth, Kampala Central MP Muhammad Nsereko and Ruhindi North MP Thomas Tayebwa.
The new Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Parliament will be elected in May by the Members of Parliament after their swearing-in.