Kampala Central MP Muhammad Nsereko has refused to quit the 10th parliament Deputy speakership race.
Nsereko was part of the over 60 independent NRM leaning new legislators who met President Museveni on Monday at State House Entebbe.
By the close of last week, negotiations between Ndorwa East MP Wilfred Niwagaba and Kampala Central MP Mohammed Nsereko over the position of the Deputy Speaker of the tenth parliament were already in offing.
They would later pick one candidate to take on Jacob Oulanyah, the incumbent Deputy Speaker of Parliament.
Oulanyah, who had initially expressed interest for the position of Speaker of Parliament was instead advised to maintain the Deputy Speakers seat and endorsed for the same by the National Resistance Movement [NRM] party caucus.
Nsereko had already launched a task force of 60 members of parliament to canvass votes for him.
At the Entebbe meeting, Nsereko was asked by the party chairman President Yoweri Museveni to stand down for Oulanyah, an offer he rejected straightaway.
“I have met the president and I have with respect told him I will not stand down for Rt hon Jacob Olanya,” he said after the meeting.
“Our values are different and I will stand by the will of our voters to protect our constitution.”
Nsereko asked why he was being asked to stand down if Oulanyah is a strong as they say.
“I have advised him [Museveni] to support me instead of Hon Oulanyah. Our zeal to win is surely getting better.”
The two are determined to tussle it out to the very end.