Kadaga, Oulanyah power feud splits NRM


The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga and her Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah’s power struggle is threatening to spiral out of control.

Kadaga seeks to retain her seat for the next five years but Oulanyah who accuses her of messing up the House, says he is the right man for the job.

Last week, Oulanyah unveiled a 25-man team headed by Mityana north legislator Godfrey Kiwanda Suubi to oust Kadaga.

The MPs denounced the resolution by the women parliamentarians body UWOPA to back Kadaga’s re- election bid.


On Friday, NRM electoral commission chairman Dr Tanga Odoi reportedly summoned all candidates who are interested in the position of speaker and deputy speaker of parliament to discuss the election road map.

The Government chief whip Ruth Nankabirwa was also part of the meeting.

Earlier, the NRM central executive committee [CEC] met and amended some rules to have the NRM Caucus choose a candidate for the position of speaker and deputy speaker before the swearing in of the new MPs.

This has since divided members of the ruling party.

NRM Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba suggests that CEC be given a mandate to vet the candidates first before they are subjected to a general vote in parliament.

Lumumba claims CEC is the only neutral organ whose decision will not be disputed.

To the contrary, parliamentary rules of procedure provide that members of Parliament who want to become Speaker and the Deputy Speaker are nominated by the MPs based on their ability to handle parliament business before they are subjected to voting by all members.

NRM MPs on the other hand say Oulanyah is fit to take Kadaga’s seat without following the tedious processes like vetting as suggested by Lumumba.

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