Museveni in parliament as MPs elect Speaker

MuseveniKadagaOwlanya MP Mohammed Nsereko

Newly sworn-in legislators convene today, Thursday to elect the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the 10th Parliament.
The first sitting will be presided over by the Deputy Chief Justice and will be attended by President H.E Yoweri Museveni.
The Clerk to Parliament, Mrs. Jane Lubowa Kibirige, said “all members should be seated in the Conference Hall by 9.30a.m” for the sitting to commence at 10.00a.m.

The Constitution provides that “no business shall be transacted in Parliament other than an election to the Office of Speaker at any time that office is vacant.”

For the first time since 1996, President Yoweri Museveni is scheduled to administer oaths and hand over instruments of power to the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Parliament.

According to the Constitution, “The Chief Justice or a judge designated by the Chief Justice shall preside at an election of a Speaker, and the Speaker shall preside at an election of the Deputy Speaker.”

The NRM, the party in government, has nominated Rebecca Kadaga and Jacob Oulanyah, who have been Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the 9th Parliament respectively to retain their seats in the 10th Parliament.

The swearing in of Members of the 10th Parliament ended, with only one legislator unavailable to take oath.

Margaret Mugisa Muhanga (NRM), the MP-elect for Burahya in Kabarole district did not show up for the three days event, which commenced on Monday.

Four hundred and twenty six MPs of the 427 MPs took their oaths of Allegiance and of Member of Parliament in a colourful event held at the South Wing of Parliament.

Members swore to be faithful, bear true allegiance to Uganda and to preserve, protect, defend the Constitution. In addition, they swore to give faithful service and to support and uphold the Constitution of Uganda.

The last day saw the swearing in of controversial Lwemiyaga MP, Hon. Theodore Ssekikubo, whose election and gazetting have been challenged in court.

The former Vice President, H.E Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, former Deputy Speaker of the 9th Parliament.

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