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.
Members of Parliament this afternoon expressed support for Jacob Oulannyah, the deputy speaker of Parliament who was called in to chair the session after being sidelined for more than a year.
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.
He used his Twitter handle to alert the public that he would be chairing the house and also shared the day's order paper. This brings to a halt, the hostility between the two principals of the house, who have been at loggerheads over the last five years since Oulannyah came up to challenge Kadaga for the Speakers seat.
Kadaga, who first served as deputy speaker for 10 years, has served another 10 years at the helm of the legislature and is seeking another term of office. Oulannyah is making another attempt to unseat her when the new term of parliament opens in May, a declaration which has in recent weeks created camps in the house.
Today, there were about 50 MPs in the house because many of them had gone to attend the burial of Kadaga's niece in Kamuli. Several MPs stamped their feet in acknowledgement of his recent win on Omoro county, and to the National Executive Commitee is the National Resistance Movement-NRM. A section of others remained seated, in silence.
The Government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa said Oulanyah had
delivered victory to the NRM adding that as the NRM caucus they are indebted to
Oulanyah. She added that although she lost an election, she will be there to
see Oulanyah go to the helm of legislation in the country.
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Margaret Babadiri, the Koboko Woman MP said she was concerned that Oulannyah had not been utilised since January 2020, yet the speaker appeared to be overworked. She says that the Deputy Speaker is a constitutional Job that should be utilised adequately.
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Aringa South MP Yorke Alioni Odria said that Margaret Babadiri was a God-sent Angel who raised a very important question about
where the Deputy Speaker was after a year. He says that as part of the silent majority, implying part
of the team that supports Oulanyah, they have been praying and are still
praying for him.