NUP to front candidate in the speakership race
John Baptist Nambeshe, the NUP's Eastern Region deputy president, said a final decision will be made as the race for Speaker gets underway. FILE PHOTO

NUP has made a public disclosure that it plans to announce next week to the public the party’s choice for Speakership in the 11th Parliament.

The National Unity Platform party (NUP) has disclosed that they will next week announce to the public their candidate to front for Speakership in the 11th Parliament.

While addressing a press conference at the party offices in Kamwokya on Monday, John Baptist Nambeshe, the NUP deputy president for the Eastern Region said a final decision will be made as to the race for Speakership gears up.

“Next week we shall have a retreat and one of the key issues that we shall discuss is the speakership race which has dominated the media. We believe that we shall be able to come up with a resolution after the retreat and we shall inform you,” Nambeshe said.

He, however, did not rule out the possibility of NUP bringing its candidate to join the race. He said NUP is a party that exists to cherish its norms and not those of other parties.

“The party position is very clear, we have not yet announced that we shall support any of the candidates, you are not aware that NUP might have a candidate, we might make a surprise,” Nambeshe revealed.

“Those who are saying that we should support them, NUP is not for rent, we are a party that cherishes its norms,” he added.

NUP to front candidate in the speakership race
John Baptist Nambeshe, the NUP’s Eastern Region deputy president, said a final decision will be made as the race for Speaker gets underway. FILE PHOTO

Meanwhile, Mathias Mpuuga, the party’s deputy president for the central region said the decision was taken to postpone the announcement to next week due to the ongoing holy week.

He said the party has dedicated this ongoing holy week to remember their supporters who were detained falsely before, during and after the January elections.

“We urge religious leaders to join us and hold special prayers wherever they are. As we remember Christ, let us also remember our slain fellows and those that are in detention over trumped-up charges,” Mpuuga said.

This comes at a time when the race for Speakership continues to hit up, the current Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, her Deputy Jacob Oulanyah and Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, the Kira Municipality MP are all vying for the same position.

Ever since the general elections were conducted, the jostling for the positions of the speaker has reached unprecedented levels, with Kadaga who is vying for a third term continuously aiming to dig at her Deputy who is only seeking his first term.