NRM-Tanga-Odoi tells MPs to start applying for Speakerships
Dr Tanga Odoi, the chairperson of the NRM electoral commission, said members interested in running for Speaker must do so before 5 pm on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO

The NRM party electoral commission chairperson, Dr Tanga Odoi, told the media on Monday that members interested in running for Speakerships must do so by 5 pm on Tuesday evening.

The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party has called on all its members interested in vying for the Speakerships to submit applications to the party’s electoral commission for vetting. 

Addressing the media on Monday, the NRM party electoral commission chairperson, Dr Tanga Odoi said the members interested in vying for the Speakerships must do so by members 5 pm on Tuesday.

“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 said.

Dr Tanga however reminded that the opportunity is only open to legislators in the 11th parliament preferably those who are not holding ministerial positions.

Tanga said the members are requested to come along with their CVs and other documents to identify them. He said it is through this that the party commission shall forward to CEC the names of those interested candidates for vetting.

“The NRM electoral commission shall present the names of the interested candidates to the NRM Central Executive Committee which, upon consideration shall recommend names for election to the NRM parliamentary caucus,” Tanga said.

His statement followed an earlier notice 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- 4:00pm and Wednesday 23rd March, 2022, 9:00am – 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 only a day following the death of the Speaker of the 11th ParliamentJacob Oulanyah who was on Sunday afternoon announced dead after an illness that kept him away from his duties.

Oulanyah died in Seattle, the United States where he had been taken for treatment.