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Election of Eleventh Parliament Speaker Under Way

NRM’s candidate Jacob Oulanyah

With the elections for Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the 11th parliament underway, security is deploying at Kampala and upcountry homes of winners and losers to ensure no attacks happen to candidates.

Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, said they have realized that the positions of Speaker and Deputy Speaker are hotly contested and they have effectively deployed overt and covert security teams.

In order to ensure no disruptive behaviour is registered or is successfully orchestrated, Enanga said security will also be beef up security at homes of candidates for Speaker and Deputy Speaker positions since fans could attempt to act unlawfully.

The 11th parliament has held their maiden sitting at Kololo where they are also electing Speaker and Deputy Speaker.

The battle for Speaker is between NRM’s candidate Jacob Oulanyah who has been deputizing Rebecca Kadaga who is now running as an independent candidate.

There is also FDC’s Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda.

Deputy Speaker race has Anita Among as the flagbearer of NRM contesting against Kampala Central MP Muhammad Nsereko.

MP Thomas Tayebwa who lost to Among on NRM tickets who had threatened to run as an independent pulled out of the race on grounds of gender balance, after realising that the NRM had picked a man rather than a woman to run for speaker.

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