NRM Central Executive Committee endorses Deputy Speaker Anita Among for Speakership
NRM Central Executive Committee has endorsed Bukedea Woman MP Anita Among to hold the party flag in the Speakership race.
The endorsement now awaits endorsement from the NRM Parliamentary Caucus due to meet tomorrow at Kololo Independence Grounds.
The decision was confirmed by the NRM vice chairperson for Eastern Uganda, who is also a Central Executive Committee (CEC) member by Capt. Mike Mukula on Wednesday evening 23rd March 2022.
Mukula revealed this following the 8th meeting of the 4th CEC of the NRM Party in a special seeting at State House Entebbe.
Thirteen National Resistance Movement (NRM) legislators have expressed interest in replacing Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah as the Speaker of the 11th Parliament. The thirteen, including the sitting Deputy Speaker Anita Among, await to be vetted by the party’s top organ, the NRM’s Central Executive Committee (CEC).
Among the candidates include, Deputy Speaker Anita Among, Dokolo South County MP Felix Okot Ogong, Tororo Woman MP Sarah Opendi, Deputy Attorney General Jackson Kafuuzi, Arua Central MP Atima-lee Jackson and Lwemiyaga County Theodore Ssekikubo.
Others are, State Minister for Defence Jacob Oboth Oboth, Kagoma North MP Alex Brandon Kintu, Health minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, State minister for Sports Denis Hamson Obua, Woman MP Masindi District Florence Akiiki Dr Florence Akiiki Asiimwe, John Amos Okot and Bugahya County MP Wakabi Pius.
The Speaker’s office fell vacant following the death of Oulanyah who had been Speaker for less than a year. Oulanyah passed away on Sunday from Seattle, the United States of America where he had been receiving specialized treatment since last month.
Oulanyah who doubled as the Omoro County legislator and Vice-Chairperson of the ruling National Resistance Movement – NRM party for Northern Uganda becomes Uganda’s first ever serving speaker to die in office. He was flown out of the country on February 3, 2022, for specialized treatment following a referral by doctors at Mulago Hospital where he was admitted before his condition deteriorated.
Article 82(4) provides that subject to Clause (4) of Article 81 of this Constitution, “no business shall be transacted in Parliament other than an election to the office of Speaker at any time that office is vacant”.
Clause 4 of Article 81 relates to incoming lawmakers taking oaths of office, and Members of Parliament, in order to be eligible to vote, and be voted, as speakers.
The Central Executive Committee provides and exercises political leadership in and formulates policy for consideration by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party. CEC also prescribe rules and regulations for the functioning and operation of special organs and caucuses.
The appointment of Among to the Speakership seat by the CEC means they will have to choose for the deputy speaker to fill the position left behind by Among.
The NRM party has the majority in Parliament, giving it an advantage over opposition candidates in the race.