Wednesday, 18 May 2016
By close of business today, all the gazetted MPs would have sworn in. Members swore to be faithful, bear true allegiance to Uganda and to preserve, protect, defend the Constitution. In addition, they swore to give faithful service and to support and uphold the Constitution of Uganda.
The tenure of the Ninth Parliament ended on May 11. The first sitting of the Tenth Parliament will be tomorrow (May19) to vote for the posts of Speaker and Deputy Speaker.
The ruling party, NRM, fronted Rebecca Kadaga for the post of Speaker, she has already celebrated her win now that she is unopposed. The NRM Chairman managed to convince Jacob Oulanyah, her strongest competition to step down.
However, efforts of shielding Jacob Oulanyah from competition for the post of Deputy Speaker have hit a dead end. Kampala Central MP, Muhammad Nsereko is equally interested in the post and won't quit the race even after being cajoled with promises of future opportunities. He told the President that let the ballot decide. Inset is the President chairing the caucus meeting with Nsereko seated right next to him.
When Nsereko disagreed with the party position, he was asked to leave immediately and off he dashed to his wall to make this post.
"I have respectfully disagreed and clearly state that I shall offer myself as a candidate for the position of deputy speaker," Nsereko posted on facebook.
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