Maracha County MP joins Deputy Speakership race

Maracha County MP joins Deputy Speakership race
KAARO KARUNGI | NEWS – The Maracha county Member of Parliament Denis Lee Oguzu has joined the race for the deputy speaker of the 11th parliament.
Oguzu announced his bid on Wednesday evening while addressing members of the West Nile press in Arua city.
He said there is an urgent need to reform the office of the deputy speaker thus he has offered himself to bring sanity to an office. “We might not have been in that parliament long enough, but we have been around too long to know what has become of that office,” said Oguzu.

Now 9 Members of Parliament have declared their bid to contest for the position of Deputy Speaker in the 11th Parliament. The MPs are; David Bahati (Ndorwa West), Robina Rwakoojo (Gomba West), Muhammed Nsereko (Kampala Central), Anita Among (Bukedea District), Oboth Oboth (West Budama South), Thomas Tayebwa (Ruhinda North), Theodore Ssekibuko (Lwemiyaga County) and the latest new entrant, Usuk MP elect, Bosco Okiror, Denis Lee Oguzu ( Maracha county)

In June this year, 529 MPs will sit to decide who will be their Speaker and Deputy Speaker immediately after the swearing in of President Yoweri Museveni in accordance with Article 82 of the 1995 Constitution.

Preliminary reports indicate that whereas at least 8 candidates are in for the deputy speakership race, the contest is currently between Bukedea Woman MP Annet Anita Among  and Thomas Tayebwa, Ruhinda North County MP in Mitooma District with the former (Among) having a remarkable lead against the latter.

Sources say that it is only Anita Among who is intensively reaching out to all MPs seeking for their mandate in the forthcoming elections while other candidates are pussyfooting in the race. Apparently, it is only Tayebwa who is matching up Among’s mobilization strategy while Bahati is still far behind the radar and Oboth Oboth whom many would have regarded as “suitable” is not reaching out to the MPs at all.

“As it stands, if elections were to take place today, it is evident that Hon Anita Among would be Deputy Speaker. She is not resting. She has reached out to almost all MPs and their response has been positive,” an MP-elect who preferred anonymity said.


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