February 27, 2024

Oboth Oboth joins race to replace Oulanyah as speaker


Jacob Oboth Oboth

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The State Minister for Defence, Jacob Oboth Oboth has announced joining the speakership race.

The position fell vacant on Sunday morning after the demise of Speaker Jacob Oulanyah in the US where he had been flown for treatment.

According to reports from his camp, Oboth Oboth  is expected to pick nomination forms at the NRM electoral commission later today.

However, he dismissed reports he had resigned from his position as a minister.

“For now I don’t need to resign for an internal process but when nominated, I will do so when i am nominated,”Oboth Oboth said.

Oboth Oboth holds a Bachelor of Laws from Makerere University and a Master’s degree in Election and Cyber Law from the University of Minnesota.

The ruling National Resistance Movement party on Monday invited its members interested in vying for the speaker of Parliament to submit applications to the party’s electoral commission for consideration.

“Any member who wishes to contest for the position of NRM flagbearer for speaker for the 11th parliament shall deliver a written expression of interest and updated curriculum vitae to the chairperson NRM electoral commission at Plot 13, Kyadondo road between 9am and 5pm on Tuesday , March , 22, 2022,” Dr.Tanga Odoi, the NRM electoral commission chairperson  said.

The developments come on the backdrop of efforts to ensure the next speaker of the Ugandan parliament is elected on Friday.

To ensure this, the NRM caucus in parliament is expected to meet on Thursday elect the party’s flag bearer ahead of the March, 25 general election by  MPs.

Several people including current Deputy Speaker Anita Among and former Speaker Rebecca Kadaga are expected to  join the race to vie for the position of speaker of the 11th parliament.

Government Chief Whip Thomas Tayebwa, Theodore Ssekikubo and Abdu Katuntu are among the other named that are expected to vie for the position.



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