Omoro MP Jacob Oulanyah has trounced Rebecca Kadaga, the Kamuli Woman MP, to become Speaker of the 11th Parliament.
They have been at the helm of the legislature for the past decades as Deputy Speaker and Speaker respectively, but the power struggles at Parliament and within the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) put them on a collision path.
Kira Municipality MP, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda trailed the two NRM bigwigs with 15 votes, a result which showed that the majority of his colleagues from the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), did not vote for him.
The results showed that 197 MPs preferred to retain Kadaga as Speaker but the votes were less by 113 votes of Oulanyah’s tally of 310.
After the declaration of results, Kadaga moved to congratulate Oulanyah, attracting cheers from the MPs.
Oulanyah later moved to take oath before President Yoweri Museveni who sat through the entire exercise that lasted for more than eight hours.
In his acceptance speech, Oulanyah preached tolerance, promising to respect the views of those he doesn’t agree with.
“This particular election has been challenging. As a result, expectations are high, fears and uncertainties exist but together we must rebuild our friendship. I promise to provide leadership through this and walk the talk,” Oulanyah said.
“We should agree that no view shall be suppressed and work with tolerance. We should act in a harmonious way. We have collective responsibility…Together we should build relationships, mend the bridges and work together. Utmost due diligence will be the catchphrase,” he added.