This came after Semugoma's lawyers led by Paul Kenneth Kakande and Lydia Nakyejwe told court that they wrote to the Electoral Commission to give them certified copies of the voters’ register and voter verification slips as well as Declaration Forms of Summit View Polling Stations which the Commission promised to avail by end of business today.
According to the evidence before Court that URN has seen, Mukesh through his lawyers, Ssemwanga, Muwazi and Company Advocates and Bwango Araali and Company Advocates filed the amended petition on May 10th 2021 without court permission to do so despite elapse of the time for filing such an application in March, which is thirty days after gazetting the winners.
Uganda Radio Network- URN has learnt from sources that those selected to sit on the Parliamentary Commission as Commissioners are Bukhooli Central MP Solomon Silwany, Rubanda Woman MP Prossy Akampurira and Zombo Woman MP Esther Afayochan.
According to the Parliamentary directory, Nabbanja studied from St Edward SS Bukuumi for both Ordinary and Advanced level and attained a Diploma in Democracy and Development Studies from Uganda Martyrs University, Nkozi in 1998. She attained a Bachelor's Degree in the same field in 2010 before returning to Nkozi later for a Masters' Degree in Democracy and Development Studies.
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 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.
According to the Government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa, although all MPs in the party are free to express their interest and contest for the Speakership race, the contestants will be vetted and approved by the party’s Central Executive Committee-CEC.
According to Mike Mukula, the Eastern NRM Regional Vice-chairperson says the CEC mostly considers loyalty and interest of the party when picking a Speaker. He says this is what determines who will work in consideration of the interests of the appointing authority.
Senators Cory Booker and Jim Risch who are both members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations expressed concern about the state of rights violations and democracy in Uganda. Their concerns were documented in a letter dated March 4, to the Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
Oulanyah was called to preside over Wednesday’s session to allow Speaker Rebecca Kadaga to mourn her niece Sheila Alitwala Kadaga who died on Monday. This came moments after Koboko Woman MP Margaret Babadiri put Kadaga to the task to explain the whereabouts of the Deputy Speaker at a time when she needed a break to deal with the loss.
Kyagulanyi’s lawyers later served the Museveni’s lawyer and Lumumba who had waited for them close to an hour before they could arrive at court. The Registrar has also informed the parties that she will be giving them dates for when to conduct the pre-hearing by next week once all parties have put in their responses.