Omoro County Legislator Jacob Oulanyah has been declared the new Speaker of the 11th Parliament after beating Kamuli Woman MP Rebecca Kadaga. The election that attracted three candidates Jacob Oulanyah of NRM, Independent Rebecca Kadaga and FDC’S Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda was presided over by Chief Justice Alphonse Owiny Dollo and attended by President Yoweri Museveni.
The heavy morning downpour did not stop legislators from getting to Kololo Airstrip to participate in the election of the new Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the 11th Parliament.
The first sitting that saw the election of the new Speaker was presided over by the Chief Justice Alphonse Owiny Dollo and witnessed by President Yoweri Museveni.
After the proclamation by the Clerk to Parliament Jane Kibirige, the presiding officer then opened for nominations of candidates where Isingiro North Legislator Bright Rwamirama nominated NRM’s Jacob Oulanyah who was seconded by Betty Amongi of Oyam South.
Second to be nominated was FDC’S Ibrahim Sseumujju Nganda who was nominated by Makindye West Legislator Allan Ssewanyana and seconded by Soroti East City Division Atta Okia Moses.
The outgoing Speaker Rebecca Kadaga was nominated by Luuka South Legislator Kisa Steven and seconded by Busia Municipality Legislator Geoffrey Macho.
After the three candidates accepted their candidature, voting started.
After almost four hours of voting, the Chief Justice Owiny Dollo declared Jacob Oulanyah winner of the speakership race after polling 310 votes, against Rebecca Kadaga who got 197 votes and while Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda only managed 15 votes with two invalid votes.
The President later handed over the instruments of power to the new Speaker Jacob Oulanya
The outgoing Speaker Rebecca Kadaga after shaking hands with the incoming Speaker later moved out but refused to speak to the media saying she will soon call a press conference and announce the next move.
The new Speaker Jacob Oulanyah took charge and presided over the election of his Deputy.