Jacob Oulanyah on Thursday accepted instruments of power handed to him by President Museveni to serve as the new deputy speaker of the 10th parliament.
Oulanyah beat Kampala Central MP Muhammad Nsereko after gathering 300 votes compared to his rival’s 115 votes.
Speaker Rebecca Kadaga declared Oulanyah winner of the race.
“This race has greatly humbled me, has taught me one lesson –humility,” he said after taking the oath of allegiance administered by the president.
“I feel greatly humbled to be your deputy speaker. I pledge my full support for Speaker Kadaga.”
Oulanyah said he hopes the decisions he makes in the next five years will prove that he is worthy of the support showed him by members.
“Parliament has the power to do anything under the sun, but to change a man into a woman, which can now be done through surgery.”
He said one can change their political party but it is rare for them to change nationality.
He called on members to override intolerance so that no view would be suppressed.
“We should use facts while expressing our divergent views of the floor of Parliament.”
He added: “We should agree that we shall lay facts on table and use them as a guiding principle.”
Oulanyah also promised to execute all assignments given to him by the Speaker and the August House.