Bugiri-Municipality-Asuman Basalirwa for speakership.
In a secret ballot election held on Thursday, the members from different opposition parties undertook a voting exercise which saw Basalirwa scoop 49 votes beating Hon. Odur Jonathan who managed 20 votes.

Asuman Basalirwa has been endorsed by opposition political parties as their candidate for the upcoming Parliamentary Speaker elections.

Opposition political parties have endorsed the JEEMA president Asuman Basalirwa as their representative for the forthcoming Parliamentary Speaker elections.

In a secret ballot election held on Thursday, the members from different opposition parties undertook a voting exercise which saw Basalirwa scoop 49 votes beating Hon. Odur Jonathan who managed 20 votes.

This means he will now compete against the National Resistance Movement flag bearer, Hon Anita Among who was on Wednesday endorsed on the party ticket.

Among was chosen as NRM’s party flag bearer beating off competition from 12 other members. 

“Having considered the 12 names of members who had expressed interest in the position of Speaker of the 11th Parliament and having considered the withdrawal of candidature of Hon. Jane Ruth Aceng and that having interacted with all candidates except Hon. Sarah Opendi who did not attend the interaction, 

CEC having noted that the NRM party has established practice and culture of elevating the Deputy Speaker to the position of the Speaker even when there has not been any disruption and now, even more, when there is an emergency,

Hereby, recommends to the NRM Parliamentary Caucus the Rt. HON Anita Among Annet for endorsement as the NRM candidate for the position of Speaker of Parliament of Uganda,” the statement endorsing Among reads.

Parliament will on Friday converge at the Kololo main grounds to vote for their next speaker in a session officiated by Chief Justice Owiny Dollo. 

In a statement released earlier this week, Thomas Tayebwa the government Chief Whip noted that all legislators will need to undertake a Covid19 test and only those in possession of test results will be allowed to access the premises.

“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.

This comes at a time when the late Speaker of the 11th Parliament Jacob Oulanyah’s body is yet to arrive in the country for burial. Parliament however reiterates that all burial proceedings can only go one once a new Speaker is elected.

Article 82(4) of the Constitution of Uganda 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. With this Parliament says burial arrangements will be read out after electing Oulanyah’s replacement.