Parliament’s director of communication and public affairs, Chris Obore, says deputy speaker Anita Annet Among doesn’t need to resign her current position if she is interest in replacing late speaker Jacob Oulanyah.
On March 20, President Museveni announced that Speaker Oulanyah has died. (Read Story Here).
As we reported earlier, no parliamentary business can take place other than the election of the speaker if the position falls vacant. (Read Story Here).
Cabinet has now set a date for the election of a new speaker to replace Oulanyah. (Read Story Here).
Hours after the announcement of election date, Anita Among reportedly expressed interest in replacing the late Oulanyah as speaker. (Read Story Here).
There were also reports that Among had resigned her speaker job.
Contrary to reports that Among, the Bukedea District Woman MP, had tendered in her resignation as deputy speaker to vie for Parliament’s top job, Obore said clerk to parliament Adolf Kasaija Mwesige was yet to receive Among’s letter.
Obore said Among is not required to resign her job to be eligible for speakership. But members of cabinet must quit their current jobs if they are interested in running for speaker.
“The Clerk to Parliament has not received any resignation from the Deputy Speaker Anita Annet Among,” said Obore.
“And there is no legal requirement for her to resign if she needs to vie for position of Speaker. It’s members of Cabinet that the law commands to resign first.”
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Museveni has since ordered that flags fly at half mast until Oulanyah has been buried. (Read Story Here).
But Museveni’s government is yet to reveal the cause of Oulanyah’s death. (Read Story Here).
His father Nathan Okori says his son Oulanyah was poisoned. (Read Story Here).
Acholi Paramount Chief has asked government to explain why most powerful politicians from the region die only a few months in office. (Read Story Here).