Former Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah has officially expressed interest for Speakership seat amidst glamour and pomp. Oulanyah arrived at NRM Electoral Commission offices on plot 13, Kyadondo Road at exactly 11.30am flanked by a huge crowd of MPs waving flags in support for his candidature.
Soon after being nominated, Oulanyah addressed the media where he promised to restore Parliament’s public confidence which has been soiled by the current leadership. Oulanyah said that he will respect the decision by the NRM Central Executive Committee (CEC) when it sits tomorrow, Saturday to vet candidates for speaker and deputy speaker. CEC’s decision will be carried to the NRM caucus on Sunday ahead of the Monday election.
“CEC will take the decision and I will respect whatever decision they will make, but I am confident that it will be in my favour. I am sure their decision will be based on what we have experienced as a country. CEC will judge using history but also potential,” Oulanyah said. Earlier before his nomination, Oulanyah’s top coordinators (over 90 MPs) held a thanksgiving prayer service at Sheraton Hotel.
Among the top persons who attended include; outgoing Government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa, Betty Amongi, Jim Muhwezi, Bright Rwamirama etc. Nankabirwa who has openly decampaigned the candidature of Rebecca Kadaga, said that the foundation and success of NRM Party has been built on harmony and consensus. She added that NRM relies on procedures which are both written and unwritten, but biding.
“I have been a CEC member since 2015, whatever I say is not theory, but out of participation. Both NRM and Parliament has its own rules. We have procedures that are not written down, but biding and intend to bring harmony,” Nankabirwa said. Nankabirwa insists that CEC in 2016 through unwritten arrangement agreed that Kadaga takes her second and last term as speaker and pave way for Oulanyah who stepped down for her.
“I am praying that Oulanyah takes the seat so that others learn a lesson. Somebody must learn a lesson. You must respect the party that has put you where you are. It's a shaming for one not to respect their parents,” she said.
Minister for KCCA Betty Amongi is hopeful that Oulanyah is the right person for the speakership job.
“It is not that we don't like Kadaga; it's because we love Uganda. We want to reinstate the motto of ‘For God and My Country.’ For the last 5years, we have not been breathing, we now need to breath,” Amongi said.