The ruling National Resistance Movement’s Jacob Oulanyah takes on the mantle to head the eleventh Parliament after defeating fellow party member Rebecca Kadaga who has served as speaker since 2011.
Jacob Oulanyah emerged first in this close race with a margin of 310 while in second place came the former speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga who got 197 votes and Forum for Democratic Change’s Ssemujju Nganda emerged last with 15 votes.
With the 529 members of parliament present at the event that took place at Kololo independence grounds only 522 votes were valid and the 2 votes were invalid and 5 legislators were absent. Present was the President of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in a ceremony that was chaired by the Chief Justice Owinyi Dollo.
Oulanyah, who first joined parliament in 2001 under the Uganda People’s Congress party later on lost in the 2006 general elections and this forced him into joining the ruling NRM party a decision that influenced his re-election as member of parliament for Omoro District in 2011.
It is in 2011 that Oulanyah first contested for position of Deputy Speaker which he won and since 2011, he has managed to serve in the Deputy Speaker’s capacity for the last two terms.
Oulanyah’s election as Speaker for the 11th parliament comes as a result of the NRM high leadership council CEC yesterday the 23rd of May 2021 decided to endorse the former Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah over former Speaker Rebecca Kadaga as the party’s representative in the Speakership race a decision that forced Kadaga to contest as an independent candidate in the race.
The newly elected speaker Jacob Oulanyah earlier on this week checked out of his office while citing that he was not going back to the same office of the Deputy Speaker.
Oulanyah now replaces former Speaker Rebecca Kadaga who served as deputy speaker in 2001 and 2006 before becoming Speaker in 2011 and 2016.