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The Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah has said that the House will decide who between him and Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga will chair next year's debate on electoral reforms after Opposition questioned his impartiality.
Deputy Speaker Oulanyah says he has left it to the House to decide on who will chair the debate on electoral reforms.

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The Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah has said that the House will decide who between him and Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga will chair next year's debate on electoral reforms after Opposition questioned his impartiality.

Oulanyah was responding to reservations raised by the Leader of Opposition in Parliament Wafula Oguttu about his impartiality after the Deputy Speaker strongly pronounced support for the 2005 removal of presidential term limits.

Reinstating presidential term limits is one of the critical reforms that the Opposition is expected to table before Parliament for consideration ahead of the 2016 polls come next year.

While at this year's Parliament's prayer breakfast, Deputy Speaker Oulanyah was reported in the media to have said that President Museveni was his hero given the manner he has led the country and that he did not think that a debate on term limits was a relevant debate.

Oulanyah now says that Leader of Opposition Wafula Oguttu made a serious issue out of his statements saying that his opinions as a Speaker of Parliament do not in any way affect out comes of a debate on the floor of Parliament.

He added that if he found not fit by MPs to steer debate on term limits, he will oblige.

“What I said was truthful and factual, I took the opportunity to examine the history of Uganda from independence and no past President governed Uganda for a long time like President Museveni”, said Oulanyah.

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Oulanyah said that the debate for presidential term limits is a possible debate now but as to whether it is a relevant debate it will be the people of Uganda to decide.

“You could not talk about presidential term limits when people were failing to govern for five months, the law was there but people could not make four years, but President Museveni has shown that it can actually be done more than ten years”, Oulanyah said.

While addressing journalists at the 2014 opposition end of year performance in Parliament, Leader of Opposition Wafula Oguttu noted that the Opposition will be requesting the Deputy Speaker to step aside while the House debates electoral reforms.