The outgoing Deputy Speaker of the 10th Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah and Omoro County’s MP elect has officially handed over office he has served for 10 years.
“I am leaving this office and I am not coming back to this office as the deputy speaker,” Oulanyah said. He handed over the office alongside all the items that were in his possession to the Principal Private Secretary to Office of the Deputy Speaker, Robinson Kawesa.
While speaking to journalists in his office on Wednesday 19th May, the deputy speaker told journalists that it’s an honourable thing to do because his term as the deputy speaker has come to an end and there is no reason to remain with properties of Parliament.
It shall be remembered that in the previous months, there has been a lull in the fight for the Speaker job until the President Museveni directed both warring parties to ‘ceasefire’ as each side fired one salvo after another.
Ms Kadaga, who is fighting to extend her 10-year grip on the coveted job, branded Mr Oulanyah a coward, accusing him of hiding when the issues of editing presidential age limits in the Constitution came up in 2017.
Both Ms Kadaga and Mr Oulanyah are prominent figures in the NRM party and the decision of who becomes the head of the third highest office in the country has made it more complicated.
In this cold war between Ms Kadaga and Mr Oulanyah, the NRM’s CEC has been in dilemma ever since Mr Museveni ruled that it will be the party organ to decide on who becomes the speaker.