Rt. Hon. Anita Anette Among replaces the late Jacob Oulanyah as Speaker of 11th Parliament
By Mico 26 March 2022 02:03 pm EAT
The elections to replace the late Jacob Oulanyah as the Speaker of the 11th parliament were held yesterday (March 25) at Kololo Independence Grounds.
Hon. Anita Among has replaced the fallen Jacob Oulanyah ad Speaker of Parliament
President Museveni was in attendance. Parliament was presided over by the Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo who declared Anita Among from the ruling party as the winner.
Anita Among, 48, also the Bukedea WMP was deputizing the fallen Jacob L'Okori Oulanyah who died on March 20, 2022 from Seattle in the US where he had been admitted for over a month.
Anita Among was contesting with Hon. Asuman Basalirwa, 44, who conceded defeat after garnering 66 votes out of 468 votes. One vote was invalid.
"I thank my party the National Resistance Movement and all the Members of the 11th Parliament for choosing and elevating me to the position of the Speaker of the 11th Parliament of the Republic of Uganda," Anita Among tweeted.
Now that there was a Speaker, she took over from the Chief Justice and presided over the election of her Deputy which was won by Hon. Thomas Tayebwa who was previously the Chief Whip.
It should be noted that Hon. Tayebwa and Hon. Among were endorsed as the National Resistance Movement (NRM) flag bearers and they were unopposed making it a smooth floor to emerge as winners.
Most members of the ruling party were of the view that Hon, Anita Among was the most suited person to replace the late Jacob Oulanyah now that she had presided over 70 sittings.
The same was said for Hon. Thomas Tayebwa, who for the record was standing against Anita Among for the post of Deputy Speaker less than a year back, he was later appointed the Government Chief Whip and the two have been getting on so well leaving other members with no choice, but to endorse him for the Deputy Speaker of the 11th parliament.
The new Deputy Speaker was against the issue of ring fencing the post of Deputy Speaker so it could bounce back to the region where the late Jacob Oulanyah hailed from, he did not have kind words for those who had that school of thought.
"I made some statements personally that annoyed our brothers and sisters in Uganda. I apologize to anyone who was hurt..."The Deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa said.
Hon. Thomas Bangirana Tayebwa, 41, the Ruhinda North MP was battling it out with Hon. Moses Okot P'Bitek who got 82 votes.
All this is happening when the late Jacob Oulanyah's body is still in the US, but that is the law, no business takes place in Parliament when there is no Speaker.
It was the more reason elections to elect a new Speaker were held at the time when the country was mourning, but President Museveni has called on to the legislators to look into this with the aim of making things better.
"In Ankole it is a serious abomination to conduct activities of this nature while mourning. I call upon the stakeholders to look into this law critically with an aim of making it better."
Short of that, President Museveni congratulated the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker of the 11th Parliament. "I congratulate the Rt Hon Anita Among and Rt Hon Thomas Tayebwa upon being elected Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the 11th Parliament of Uganda respectively. Our mission remains clear, to work for the people of Uganda.