Kadaga’s journey at the helm of the legislature came to an end on Monday when she was defeated by her former deputy Jacob Oulanyah. Oulanyah who was fronted by the NRM CEC polled 310 votes while Kadaga who chose to contest as an independent candidate polled 197 votes.
The Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah has said that he has informally contacted leaders of the political parties represented in Parliament over the nomination of members to the appointments committee.
Uganda Radio Network spoke to some of the staff on and off the record with many, saying that they don’t know what to do next. Stephen Bingi, a photographer attached to the speaker’s office who is on contract, says that the mood is low in the entire building especially for the people who have been working in the speaker’s office.
According to Oulanyah, Members of Parliament are no longer respected amongst Ugandans because a lot has gone wrong, and the public believes that many legislators are self-seekers who only go to parliament to enrich themselves.
And as he prepares to take oath for the Parliamentary Seat on Thursday, Oulanyah says that his term of office as the Deputy Speaker has expired today, and under no circumstances will he occupy the same office in the new term.
The Clerk to Parliament last week released the swearing-in program of the MPs to the 11th Parliament indicating that the process for the administration of oaths will take four days between May 17 and May 20, 2021. This means that the Speaker would be elected on May 21, 2021, after the prorogation of Parliament.
According to Mao, although opposition MPs seat on the Human rights committee, the ruling party cannot be the same to chair it since most of the victims of the human rights violation are mainly opposition members.
The Bugabula South MP Maurice Kibalya, a team leader of the Kadaga campaign efforts, says that team Oulanyah has been campaigning and CEC has been quiet, but now that Kadaga has launched her campaigns, which is gaining ground, they are being stopped. He has now warned that if any CEC member speaks out in support of any candidate openly, they will resume their campaigns.
Gomba West MP Robina Rwakoojo is optimistic that her experience in law will win her the endorsement of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Central Executive Committee (CEC) for the Deputy Speaker race.