A woman MP from Bukedea District, Hon. Anita Among is one of the candidates seeking to fill the vacancy created by the death of the 11th Parliament’s Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah.
Following the death of the Speaker of the 11th Parliament Jacob Oulanyah, the Bukedea District Woman Member of Parliament Hon Anita Among is one of the candidates vying to take up the vacant Speakership position.
According to close sources, Anita Among will resign her position as the Deputy Speaker of Parliament on Tuesday after which she will hand over her documents expressing interest in the top position.
“The Rt Hon Deputy Speaker will be going to the NRM Electoral Commission to express her interest in the position of speaker of parliament at 11 am tomorrow,” Herbert Kinobere the Vice-Chairperson of the NRM caucus in Parliament remarked.
He said it is on the same day that Among will also announce her resignation from office.
“It is therefore my request to those who will be around to inbox me as we arrange to escort her. She will officially declare her resignation tomorrow to enable her embark on the Speakership post,” Kinobere added.
Speaking about the same, however, the Director of Communication at Parliament, Chris Obore retaliated with Among’s decision on the Speakership position but said there is no legal requirement for her to first resign as deputy speaker.
“The Clerk to Parliament has not received any resignation from the Deputy Speaker Anita Annet Among. And there is no legal requirement for her to resign if she needs to vie for the position of Speaker. It members of Cabinet that the law commands to resign first. It’s members of Cabinet that the law commands to resign,” Obore tweeted.
This comes after a statement from Thomas Tayebwa the government Chief Whip directing all legislators to report to the Kololo Independence grounds on Thursday for a meeting during which the Speakership issues will be settled.
In the same notice, Tayebwa however, reminded all members expected to be at this meeting to undertake a Covid19 test saying that only those in possession of test results will be allowed entry.
“All members are required to undertake a Covid-19 test. This procedure will take place on Tuesday 22nd March 2022, 9:00 am- 4:00 pm and Wednesday 23rd March 2022, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon, at Parliamentary Conference Hall. Only members who will have taken this test with the prescribed service provider at the Parliamentary Conference Hall will attend the caucus,” Tayebwa’s notice read.
Article 82(4) of the Constitution provides that no business shall be transacted in Parliament other than an election to the office of Speaker at any time that office is vacant.
This means that for any business to happen in Parliament, there must be a Speaker meaning by the time Oulanyah’s body is returned home later this week, there must be a new speaker to preside over the parliamentary business.