Jimmy Akena, who is also the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) President says that Oulanyah would best steer the Parliament with his principles and knowledge about the law. Akena said that he will support Oulanyah, although he highly respects Kadaga.
Members of the Lango Parliament Group have thrown their weight
behind the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah for the position of
Speaker. Oulanyah the Deputy Speaker of
Parliament is seeking to unseat Speaker Rebecca Kadaga.
Out of the 32 MPs from Lango, 15 endorsed Oulanyah at a press conference, held
at Kabira country club on Wednesday. 7 MPs did not attend the meeting, but sent
in written support for Oulanyah while three MPs including Dokolo Woman MP
Cecilia Ogwal are still consulting before they can make a decision.
Some of the MPs who attended included Betty Amongi, the Minister
for Kampala, Felix Okot Ogong, the Dokolo South MP, Jimmy Akena, the Lira
Municipality MP, Santa Alum the Oyam Woman MP, Julius Acon, the MP
Otuke County, Patrick Ochan, Apac Municipality, Maxwell Akora, Maruzi County.
The others were MP-elects who include Paul Omara, Otuke MP, Boniface Okot, Northern Youth MP, Suzan Abeja Woman MP Otuke, Christine Akello , Erute North, Agnes Atim Apea, woman MP Amolatar, Samuel Opio, the MP Kole North, Moses Ogwal Goli, Dokolo North and Dorcus Acen, Alebtong Woman MP.
Amongi says that they are launching a mobilization campaign for
Oulanyah, and hope that the unwritten rule in Parliament where all speakers
serve for two terms can be respected. She said that claims that Oulanyah is
from a region that is already represented in the judiciary leadership do not
hold since in the past people from the same region have led the top leadership
of the country.
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Ogong said that Oulanyah is very knowledgeable about the law, and
has steered the plenary well even during tough times. Ogong suggested that the President should
decide to appoint Kadaga Vice President and left the Speaker race to Oulanyah.
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Akora, says that although they supported Kadaga in 2016, this time
they have equally resolved to support Oulanyah who has served as Deputy Speaker
for two terms.
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Akena, who is also the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) President says
that Oulanyah would best steer Parliament with his principles and knowledge
about the law. Akena said that he will support Oulanyah, although he highly
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Santa Alum the Woman MP Oyam says that Kadaga has achieved a lot as Speaker,
but Oulanyah is fully mentored to steer the 11th Parliament. She proposes that
Kadaga be appointed Vice President.
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Several MP groups from different regions have thrown their weight behind either Kadaga or Oulanyah.