President Museveni expressed confidence in the NRM flag bearer’s ability to serve as Speaker of the 11th Parliament yesterday. He said Ms Anita Among, the Bukedea Woman MP, has grown through the ranks both in the party and country leadership.
Mr Museveni approved Among’s fitness to head the Legislature during the NRM Parliamentary Caucus at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds yesterday, where MPs confirmed the Central Executive Committee decision to front her for the job.
If she wins today’s vote, Among will succeed Jacob Oulanyah, who died in the United States on Sunday.
According to sources who attended the meeting, the President discussed his previous work with Ms Among, whom he met while she was still a member of the Forum for Democratic Change Party. He stated that he has acquired faith in her leadership as a result of this.
Ms Among was first seen by Mr Museveni at a rally during the 2016 General Election, but she “was not wearing yellow,” according to Mr Museveni. He subsequently invited her to the NRM camp, where she “mastered his lessons” and “built her area like he did in Nyabushozi,” according to him.
Ms. Among, a former Opposition force, defected to the ruling party in 2020 after a disagreement with her own party. In May 2021, she was elected deputy Speaker.
She was elected to Parliament as a Bukedea Woman MP as an Independent in 2016, after losing two elections.
Ms. Among’s support, according to CEC, was given to respect the precedent of the deputy succeeding their boss.
Despite being new in the post, Mr Museveni admired Among’s leadership of the Legislature during the absence of Oulanyah, according to sources.
The NRM has also endorsed Thomas Tayebwa, the MP for Ruhinda North, as the deputy Speaker’s flag bearer.
Some MPs, on the other hand, have expressed discontent with the selection process, which they claim was rushed when the CEC said that the seat would be filled after Speaker Oulanyah’s burial. Some speculated that because Tayebwa is a member of the CEC, he had an advantage in campaigning, despite the fact that other candidates were only informed of the nominations yesterday.
Some of the competitors we spoke with said they agreed with CEC’s position on maintaining party peace, which pleased the President. Seven of the 12 MPs who expressed an interest dropped out in favor of Tayebwa.
In a tweet yesterday, Mr Museveni congratulated Ms Among and Mr Tayebwa.
“I congratulate Rt. Hon. Anitah Among and Hon. Thomas Tayebwa on their election as the NRM flag bearers for Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Parliament, respectively.”
It is not about who for us in the NRM, but about what needs to be done. As a result, I implore you to prioritize issues affecting our people, particularly wealth growth and poverty reduction. Positions aren’t the most essential thing; the mission is. He stated, “We are working for Uganda and Africa.”