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NRM wins Parliamentary race

The NRM has won both positions for the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Parliament. Rebecca Kadaga was declared Speaker earlier today having won the race with 302 votes while her opponent, the FDC’s Nandala Mafabi polled 57. Jacob Oulanya has also won the race for the Deputy Speaker of Parliament with 299 against 58 scored by his opponent Odonga Otto. There were 2 invalid votes recorded, with one going to army MP Major General David Tinyefuza and the other to Winfred Niwagaba, both of whom were not in the race. There were also 2 invalid votes in the Speaker’s race, with one cast for outgoing speaker Edward Sekandi who was not in the race and another for Jacob Oulanya, who …

Kadaga declared Speaker

The NRM’s Rebecca Kadaga has been declared Speaker of Parliament with 302 votes, while her opponent Nandala Mafabi polled 57. There were 2 Invalid votes and a total 359 MPs participated in the vote. The invalid votes included one which was cast for outgoing speaker Edward Sekandi who was not in the race and another for Jacob Oulanya, who is a candidate for the position of Deputy Speaker of Parliament. Kadaga has been sworn in and the chief Justice Benjamin Odoki has handed her the instruments of power. She will now preside over the elections for the position of Deputy Speaker, for which the NRM’s Jacob Oulanya and the FDC’s Odonga Otto are the main candidates. Kadaga becomes the first …

Parliament votes new Speaker

Members of the 9th parliament have started casting their vote to elect a new Speaker. The voting is being conducted by secret ballot and the process is presided over the Chief justice Benjamin Odoki. The NRM Candidate Rebecca Kadaga was nominated by the party Secretary General Amama Mbabazi, seconded the Nakaseke Woman MP Rose Namayanja and the Isingiro North MP Bright Rwamirama. The opposition candidate Nandala Mafabi was nominated by Makindye West MP Hussein Kyanjo, seconded by the Kitgum district woman MP Beatrice Anywar and John Ken Lukyamuzi. The process however turned dramatic after opposition members nominated outgoing speaker Edward Sekandi, of whom they have been strong crititics. Sekandi was nominated by Kyadondo East MP Ibrahim Nganda, seconded by Betty Namboze …

Besigye blocked at his home

The Forum for Democratic Change president Dr. Kiiza has again been blocked by security personnel as he headed towards Kasangati town from his home. Besigye was driving through a path from his home that joins the Gayaza main road when he met a heavy security presence. There were five police patrol cars, two police vans, four other security cars and a towing car. Commanded by the Officer in Charge of Kasangati Police Station Collins Mukitale, the security personnel then ordered Besigye to go back home. The officers at the scene told Besigye that he was under preventive arrest and that his only option was to go back home or face arrest. This comes at a time when the police continue …

9th Parliament Opens Today

The 9th Parliament officially starts business today with election of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Parliament top on the agenda. The 8th Parliament was dissolved at midnight as stipulated in the Constitution, hours after 374 new MPs were sworn in. Parliament’s spokesperson, Hellen Kaweesa told KFM that the ceremony, which will be presided over by the Chief Justice, Benjamin Odoki, will kick off at 10:00am. Meanwhile the new MPs have been challenged not to support the candidates along party lines. Dokolo Woman MP Cecilia Ogwal says candidates should not be elected basing on their party affiliation but focus should rather be on someone’s capability and potential to lead. The race for speaker is between NRM’s Rebecca Kadaga and FDC’s …