Minister Aceng pulls out of Speakership race
Dr Jane Ruth Aceng has pulled out of the race for the position of Speaker of Parliament saying that she has not had enough time to hold consultations about the position. FILE PHOTO

Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, the Health Minister, has pulled out of the race for Speaker of Parliament saying that she has not had enough time to consult about the position.

Jane Ruth AcengMinister of Health, has withdrawn from the race for the position of Speaker of Parliament because she has not had enough time to hold consultations about the position.

“It is public knowledge that, pursuant to Article 82(4) of the Constitution, there is an urgency to fill the position of Speaker, since the demise of our beloved brother; the Rt. Hon Jacob L. Oulanyah. 

However, as a candidate, I have not had enough time to consult my party leadership, not made enough consultations with fellow colleagues and even my family and therefore, I feel it is only proper that I step down,” Aceng said in a statement addressed to the Chairperson of the NRM Electoral Commission Tanga Odoi.

Aceng who is also the Woman Member of Parliament for Lira City said that it is her constitutional right to contest, but she has taken a decision to withdraw from the race.

She, however, sent out strong regards to her colleagues who are still in the race. Aceng also applauded her party the ruling National Resistance Movement for accepting to honour her decision.

This comes at a time when a total of 16 legislators have so far expressed interest in taking up the position that was formerly held by the late Jacob Oulanyah who died in Seattle, United States on Sunday.

By Tuesday, 13 NRM legislators had picked nomination forms having expressed interest while three from opposition parties have also shown interest including Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, Asuman Basaalirwa and Shamim Malende, the Kampala Woman MP.

From the NRM end, the current Deputy Speaker, Anita Among is among those that have since picked nomination forms. Others include the State Minister for Defence, Jacob Oboth Oboth who also doubles as the West Budama South MP.

Hon. Jackson Kafuuzi the Kyaka South County Constituency in Kyegegwa District is another. He is also the current Deputy Attorney General. Felix Okot Ogong the Dokolo South County legislator in another. 

Others include; Hon Pius Wakabi, Okot John Amos, Theodore Ssekikubo, Jackson Atima Lee the Arua Central Division MP, Sarah Opendi the Tororo Woman MP, Hamson Obua the Sports Minister, Alex Kintu Brandon the Kagoma North legislator, and Florence Asiimwe Akiiki the Masindi district Woman MP. 

The NRM legislators will, however, need to await a confirmation from the Central Executive Committee (CEC) to dictate which names will remain in the race.

The finalists will then be subjected to a vote during the party parliamentary caucus on Thursday to get the party flagbearer ahead of the election by MPs on Friday.