Ssekikubo submits forms as Nsereko, Bahati eye speaker seat


Ssekikubo and his lawyer Alaka

Lwemiyaga County MP Theodore Ssekikubo has today submitted his expression of interest forms for the deputy speakership.

Ssekikubo arrived at the NRM head offices along Kyadondo road in the company of his lawyer Caleb Alaka.

Ssekikubo was on Wednesday blocked from submitting interest forms for deputy speaker job on grounds that he is not yet gazetted by Electoral Commission.

In protest, he said the ruling NRM party Central Executive Committee [CEC] had no mandate to block him from contesting.

Ssekikubo and his lawyer on Friday presented proof to NRM Electoral Commission chairman Tanga Odoi that the legislator has been gazetted by the EC.

Last month, Masaka Chief Magistrate, Samuel Munobe petitioned the court seeking for interpretation whether his order directing the Electoral Commission not to gazette Sekikubo was beyond the powers.

The constitutional court yesterday dismissed and referred back to a lower court a petition filed by a former Lwemiyaga parliamentary seat contender, Patrick Nkalubo, challenging the outcome of the elections.


Ssekikubo arriving at NRM offices

In their ruling, a Coram of five constitutional court judges dismissed the application for lack of merit and referred it back to the lower court.

The Coram constituted of the Deputy Chief Justice, Steven Kavuma, Justice Richard Buteera, Elizabeth Musoke, Cheborion Barishaki and Justice Paul Mugamba.

Nsereko, Bahati enter race

Meanwhile, Mohammed Nsereko, the Kampala Central Member of parliament and his Ndorwa West counterpart, David Bahati are the latest entrants in the race for the position of deputy speaker of parliament.

Bahati picked the expression of interest forms from the National Resistance Movement-NRM party Electoral Commission on Thursday.

Bahati told journalists that his interest in the position is backed by his vast experience in matters of legislature and support from his fellow legislators.

He explained that his experience as NRM caucus deputy chairman, treasurer and deputy chief whip among others are a huge boost to his credentials as a leader.

Nsereko, on the other hand told journalists at Parliament that he is ready to tussle it out with NRM candidates for the position of Deputy Speaker.

Nsereko says even though the party has numerical strength in Parliament, it will not stop him from lobbying for support within NRM and other political parties.
Other contenders for the post of deputy speaker include Monicah Amoding, Jovah Kamateeka, Abbas Agaba and Denis Obua.

They are all expected to return the expression of interest forms to the NRM party Electoral Commission by close of Friday.

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