Kampala Central MP Muhammad Nsereko has conceded defeat after losing the race for deputy speaker to incumbent Jacob Oulanyah.
In a Thursday poll held at Parliament, Nsereko garnered 115 votes as opposed to Oulanyah’s 300 votes.
In his speech, Nsereko said in a democracy, there is always a loser and winner.
“We have all won today because democracy is the winner,” he told the house.
He called upon the young generation to rise and embrace the knowledge required to build the country.
“NRM MPs, you have spoken and spoke aloud and the nation has heard. There is no doubt in my mind that this country will never be same again.”
He said the 115 people who voted him, had asked him not to betray their trust.
“And I haven’t. I promise to work with office of the speaker because there can only be one speaker,” Nsereko said while congratulating Oulanyah upon his victory.
In remarks direct at President Yoweri Museveni who was in the house, Nsereko decried the inadequate welfare of the members.
“Welfare of the members is a huge question. If you want an independent parliament that will work, you must support us,” he said.
“If you have a poorly paid parliament, you will not win its courage.”
Nsereko offered himself to speak on behalf of the members to defend norms and values that he believes in.
“It is the same government that pays the governor Bank of Uganda over Shs50m and the executive director of Kampala over Shs40m that is not paying MPs enough,” he stated.
He was about to rumble on, when someone pointed out that he was going off course.
“We are all one family, democracy has spoken but we should stand with one voice. The voice of tolerance should be heard,” he concluded.
In his speech, Museveni acknowledged Nsereko’s concern saying it should also extend to the rest of Ugandans.