Prof Kanyeihamba: Rugunda would make ideal speaker


Former Supreme Court judge Professor George Kanyeihamba says the current Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda would make an ideal speaker of parliament.

“An ideal speaker would be the current Prime Minister (PM) Ruhakana Rugunda,” said the controversial judge while appearing on NBS TV Monday morning.

He suggested David Bahati, the State Minister of Finance for Planning, as the best option for a good deputy speaker.

“As of now, nobody should be speaking or discussing the issue of the Speaker. That is for the Parliament.”

The retired judge said a speaker should be a person who commands a consensus without divisions.

“Today, we are far from that. The Speakership race is in conflict with the provisions of the Constitution.”

He said normally, a Speaker is dragged to the chair saying the current enthusiasm to be Speaker was indecent and has “even become tribal”.

Professor Kanyeihamba said until the new MPs are sworn, they have no mandate to speak about the new Speaker.

“I hear there is going to be a meeting at State House. What has the president or government got to do with the Speaker?”

Prof. Kanyeihamba said the country needs the Speaker of the caliber of the Kadaga of yesterday when she was first elected speaker.

“The Speakership office has been corrupted. We are seeing candidates cosy up to the president to secure the office.”

Professor Kanyeihamba observed that none of the two candidates for Speaker have shown the required dignity to be the next Speaker.

Prof. Kanyeihamba noted that what disqualifies Rebecca Kadaga is that she “slowly disappeared when she was needed” during the 9th Parliament.

He said Jacob Oulanyah, on the other hand was elected “without the votes being counted”.

“How can that person preside over Parliament?”

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