KAMPALA – Members of Parliament in Uganda have voted in Jacob Oulanyah as the speakers of the 11th parliament.
Oulanyah who is an MP for Omoro County is set to take over from Rebecca Kadaga who led the house in the 9th and 10 parliament.
The ruling party National Resistance Movement dropped Kadaga and picked Oulanyah, who served as Deputy speaker in both the 9th and 10th parliaments.
Article 82 of Uganda’s Constitution provides that the Speaker and Deputy Speaker shall be elected by Members of Parliament from their number and a person shall not be qualified to be elected Speaker or Deputy Speaker if he or she is a Vice President or a Minister.
The exercise that was presided over by the Country’s Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo, saw three candidates nominated for the position.
Former speaker and Kamuli woman MP Kadaga and Kira Municipality MP Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda were also nominated to take part in the election that took place through secret ballot.
Oulanyah emerged winner with 300 followed by Kadaga who got 197 votes. Ssemujj came a distant third with 15 votes.