More Candidates Join Race For Speaker As Kadaga  Chickens Out

More Candidates Join Race For Speaker As Kadaga  Chickens Out

By Ivan Mwine

The rest for who will become the next Speaker of Parliament following Jacob Oulanyah’s death has heated up, with more candidates expressing interest to contest for the same.

So far, the candidates that have since expressed interest to contest for the position include; outgoing deputy Speaker Anita Among, Jacob Oboth Oboth, who resigned his position as State Minister for Defence, Sarah Opendi, the Tororo District Woman Member of Parliament  and Felix Okot Ogong, the Dokolo MP and Deputy Attorney General Jackson Rwakafuuzi.

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Felix Okot Ogong wants to contest for Speaker

However, we have established that the Kamuli Woman MP Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, who is also a former Speaker for the 9th and 10th Parliament, and the  First Deputy Prime Minister, has since opted out of the race and preferred to keep her ministerial post.

Tororo Woman MP Sarah Opendi wants to become Uganda’s next Speaker

Kadaga, who contested against Oulanyah at the start of the 11th Parliament but lost, had been anticipated to be amongst the top contenders   for the position now that her nemesis is gone.

Jacob Oboth Oboth

Insiders reveal that following a Tuesday meeting convened by the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Central Executive Committee, it is said that Kadaga agreed with some senior party members to opt out of the race so as to avoid internal wars.

This because political pundits had predicted an ugly political showdown if Kadaga was to compete in the race against her other nemesis Among.

Meanwhile, Among’s hubby Moses Magogo, who is also the Budiope East legislator, has since distanced himself from news that has been circulating to the effect that he wants to contest for deputy Speaker.

Magogo, who is also president Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) has since come out to distance himself from posters circulating on social media indicating that he intends to contest for the position of deputy Speaker.

“This is a hoax by people with wrong intentions. I do not have any such intentions in my political career. What will hurt them most is ignoring them,” Magogo tweeted on Tuesday.  

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