President Yoweri Museveni has reportedly warned ruling party members not to mix his name in a power struggle currently raging between the Speaker of Parliament and her deputy.
President Museveni, according to reports, was not happy with his name being dragged into Rebecca Kadaga and Jacob Oulanyah contest as they seek speakership.
The race between the two NRM bigwigs has been marred by accusations and counter-accusations.
During a two-day Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting held at State House Entebbe over the weekend, Museveni was said his name was being used by the pair as “a jockeying tool” in the bid to convince MPs over who is fit to occupy the country’s third most coveted office.
The top policy organ of the ruling NRM party also issued a roadmap for the election of party flag-bearers for Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the 10th Parliament.
Dr. Tanga Odoi, the NRM electoral commission chairperson, says the CEC meeting agreed that all those interested in the position of Speaker and Deputy Speaker should submit their applications to the NRM Electoral Commission by 26th April.
Thereafter the NRM parliamentary caucus will be convened and the party’s electoral commission will hold primaries to elect candidates on the NRM ticket to vie for the two positions.
The party warned aspirants against premature campaigns and using derogatory language against each other or else face disqualification.
The race for Deputy Speaker has attracted at least six MPs including; Lwemiyaga MP Theodore Sekikubo, Wilfred Niwagaba of Ndorwa East, Mitooma Woman MP Jovah Kamateeka, National Female MP and Kumi Woman MP-elect Monicah Amoding, West Budama South MP Oboth Oboth and Ajuri MP Dennis Hamson Obua.
The party Electoral Commission will start receiving letters of expression of interest for the posts from aspiring candidates from April 26th-29th.
After receiving the letters, the Commission will compile a list and submit the names to the Central Executive Committee for vetting and approval before the NRM parliamentary caucus votes for the candidates on May 5th.
The names of the winners will be submitted to the whole house for consideration.
Those aspiring for Speaker will pay Shs5m and while those aspiring for deputy Speaker will part with Shs2m.