On Monday 24th May,2021, the Omoro County MP, Hon. Jacob Oulanyah was successfully elected as the Speaker of the 11th Parliament of the Republic of Uganda. Oulanyah scored 310 votes, beating his former boss, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga who scored 197 votes and Hon. Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda scored only 15 votes.
Also, the Bukedea Woman Representative, Hon. Anita Among, won the position of deputy speaker by scoring 415 votes against other contenders; Hon.Yusuf Nsibambi-the Mawokota South MP and Hon.Mohammad Nsereko-the Central Kampala MP who scorecard 35 and 24 votes respectively.
The contested election that took place at Kololo ceremonial grounds was presided over by Chief Justice, Justice Alfonse Owiny Dollo and was also attended by His Excellency, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the president of Uganda.
Hon.Oulanyha and his deputy, Hon.Anita Among, were officially inaugurated and handed over instruments of Power by the president of the Republic of Uganda.
During his remarks, Hon. Oulyanya stated that,
“This election was challenging, as a result, expectations are high, fears and uncertainties exist; but together, we should build bridges, mend relationships, rebuild friendships & replace despair with hope. I pledge to provide leadership through this”.
The election of speaker and deputy speaker was one of the first activities undertaken by the 11th Parliament. Since the two leaders of Parliament have been inaugurated, the official business in the House is set to begin.