Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga is gearing up for a showdown with her deputy, Jacob Oulanyah for the country’s number three position.
The two were headed for a bruising contest in 2016 before the NRM Central Executive Committee (CEC) intervened and advised Oulanyah not to antagonise Kadaga.
While CEC succeeded in maintaining the status quo, it created acrimonious relationship for the two politicians that has existed almost through out their entire second term as Speaker and Deputy Speaker respectively.
Oulanyah is believed to be the favoured candidate for the job but Kadaga too is putting up a fight to maintain the seat and become Uganda’s longest serving Speaker of Parliament.
Meanwhile, seven MPs have indicated interest in the position of Deputy Speaker.
Election of a Speaker and the deputy is the first activity MPs will perform following their inauguration in May, in accordance with Article 82 of the Constitution.
The list of those interested in the deputy speakership so far has, Jacob Oboth-Oboth (West Budama North), Anita Among (Bukedea Woman), Muhammad Nsereko (KampalaCentral), Thomas Tayebwa (Ruhinda North), Robinah Rwakojo (Gomba West), Theodore Ssekikubo (Lwemiyaga) and David Bahati (Ndorwa West).
“I will be offering myself to lead Parliament in that role, and so far I have been consulting and the ground is good. I will contest in the NRM caucus, and depending on the support, I will abide by the outcome, but my grounds are strong,” Tayebwa said.
Ssekikubo on the other hand argues that the office of the Deputy Speaker requires competence and experience; and these are some of the qualities he comes with for another term in Parliament.
“This position needs competence, experience and grasp of the law. We will sit down and strategise on how to take this forward. This position needs someone who is sober and thinks outside the box. I am suitable,” Ssekikubo said.