Circumstances arising from the death of the Jacob Oulanyah has set a new and historical precedence where the laws stop parliament from transacting any business when the position of speaker falls vacant.
Elections for a new speaker took place at Kololo ceremonial grounds and deputy Speaker Anita Among who secured endorsement from the NRM party took the day with 401 votes against opposition’s joint candidate who garnered 66 votes.
As by law, the Chief justice presided over the first session which elected Among as speaker and there after she presided over the election of the deputy speaker which has ended successfully.
The race also had two candidates NRM’s Thomas Tayebwa also Ruhinda North MP who resigned as Government Chief Whip and opposition’s joint candidate Okot P’ Bitek Junior of the Forum for Democratic Change. After vote counting, Thomas Tayebwa took the day with 379 votes and opposition’s joint candidate also Kioga North legislator Okot P’Bitek got 82 votes.
Now that parliament has a new speaker, the process and arrangements to repatriate Jacob Oulanyah’s body and his final send off in Omoro will now start in high gear with a special parliamentary sitting that will honor his contributions he rendered to this country.
For starters, last year towards the election of Speaker and Deputy Speaker in Parliament, Anita Among battled with Thomas Tayebwa for Deputy speakership in the NRM party but Tayebwa lost and was convinced not to stand as an independent, 8 months later both are now in full control of the country’s third arm of government.
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