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Why did the NRM CEC recommend Anita Among as a speaker?

In the next speakership election, the ruling National Resistance Movement’s (NRM) leadership organ has supported Bukedea Woman MP Anita Among as the party’s flagbearer.

In the race to succeed dead Speaker Jacob Oulanyah, among who is presently serving as deputy Speaker of Parliament, he defeated ten other candidates to bear the NRM flag.

After hours of question and answer sessions with all of the contenders (except Sarah Opendi, who was unavailable on Wednesday at State House in Entebbe), the ruling party’s top organ decided that it was wise to hand Among the flag in the next speakership campaign.

According to the CEC’s resolutions, there was no reason to deviate from the precedent set in the speaker and deputy speaker elections.

“Having noted that the NRM party has built a culture and practice of elevating the deputy speaker to the position of speaker, even when there has been no disruption, and now much more so when there is an emergency,” CEC stated in a statement released on Wednesday evening.

The same reasoning was used to allow Rebecca Kadaga, who had served as deputy speaker for ten years, to succeed Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi as Speaker in 2011.

In 2021, the senior NRM organ endorsed deceased Jacob Oulanyah, who had served as deputy speaker for ten years, as the party’s flagbearer for Speaker to resolve the standoff between him and Kadaga over who would become the 11th parliament’s speaker.

By endorsing Among, the NRM Parliamentary Caucus is effectively endorsing her.

Carrying the NRM flag, Among will now face off against the opposition candidate in the election for Speaker of the House of Representatives, which will be held on Friday at the Kololo independence grounds to replace Speaker Jacob Oulanyah, who died on Sunday in the United States, where he had been flown for treatment.

No business shall be performed in Parliament other than the election to the office of Speaker at any time that office is vacant, according to Article 82(4) of the Ugandan Constitution.


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