Thomas Tayebwa Named New Deputy Speaker of the 11th Parliament
Mr Tayebwa scooped 379 votes while Opposition's Moses Okot p'Bitek managed only 82 votes.

Member of Parliament for Ruhinda North County, Thomas Tayebwa, has been appointed Deputy Speaker of the 11th Parliament.

The Ruhinda North County Member of Parliament, Thomas Tayebwa has been named the new Deputy Speaker of the 11th Parliament.

In a voting exercise held at the Kololo Independence grounds and presided over by Chief Justice Alphonse Owiny-DolloTayebwa scooped 379 votes while Opposition’s Moses Okot p’Bitek managed only 82 votes.

His victory came only a day after the Central Executive Committee (CEC) endorsed him as the party flagbearer for the position of Deputy Speaker.

In a party’s parliamentary caucus meeting held at the Kololo independence grounds on Thursday, Tayebwa went through unopposed after all his contenders pulled out of the race.

“Thank you colleagues for endorsing me unopposed for Deputy Speaker on NRM ticket,” he tweeted applauding the NRM and President Museveni for allowing him a chance to serve the country in another field different from what he was known for.

Who is Thomas Tayebwa?

Born on 10th November 1980, Thomas Tayebwa is currently the serving Member of Parliament for Ruhinda County North. He was elected to the position in 2021 for a second term running.

Currently, he also serves on the Natural Resources, and National Economy Committees of Parliament. Tayebwa is an entrepreneur with interests in communications and media, culture and heritage, transport and cosmetics. 

He is also a renowned philanthropist who has supported several community projects across the county and continues to support several children from vulnerable backgrounds to attain education, medical care etc. 

He was part of a team of eight committee members that investigated the mismanagement of Uganda Telecom Limited (UTL). Similarly, he has also supported several youth start-ups with capital and as a business mentor.

Born to Bangirana Daudi and Betty Komuhangi 41 years ago in Mitooma District, Tayebwa attended Kigarama Primary School, Kigarama Senior Secondary School and Ruyonza School for UACE in 2000. 

In 2005, he received a BA in Social Sciences at Makerere University, and in 2012 he received a Bachelor of Law degree from Makerere as well.

Currently, he possesses a bachelor’s degree in Law as well as a Bachelor’s degree of Arts in Social Sciences both from Makerere University. 

Tayebwa also holds a Certificate in Negotiation from Harvard Law School and a Professional Certificate in Parliamentary Affairs from the International Centre for Parliamentary Studies, London.