At least thirteen parliamentarians from the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party have expressed interest to stand for speakership in a special legislative election set for March 25.

Although the number is projected to slightly grow, all the thirteen candidates had successfully picked nomination forms from the party’s Electoral Commission (EC) offices at the headquarters in Kampala by Tuesday afternoon. 

They include the country’s incumbent parliament Deputy Speaker, Anita Among. 

Anita Among

Citing medical reasons,Among who was earlier seen at parliament did not show up in-person but declared her candidacy through her personal assistant, Mary Athieno, who picked her nomination forms from the NRM Secretariat.

Deputy Speaker, Anita Among sent her personal assistant, Mary Athieno, to pick nomination forms for the Speakership on her behalf from the NRM secretariat at Plot 10, Kyadondo Road, citing medical reasons.

Drama ensued after some MPs stormed the party secretariat chanting “close the nominations.”

NRM EC chairperson Tanga Odoi dismissed their suggestion indicating that nomination would end at 5pm. 

Jackson Kafuuzi

Mid-morning Tuesday, Deputy Attorney General Jackson Kafuuzi individually picked nomination forms as the party prepared to send names of all the candidates to the NRM Central Executive Committee which shall recommend names for election to the NRM Parliamentary Caucus on Thursday.

Sarah Opendi

Through David Mujulizi Jamir, former state minister of health and the current Tororo Woman MP Sarah Opendi confirmed her participation in the race to replace Jacob Oulanyah who died in a US hospital on Sunday.

Tororo Woman MP Sarah Opendi has also expressed interest to stand for Speakership. She has been represented by one David Mujulizi Jamir who picked the nomination forms from the NRM secretariat on her behalf. 

Jackson Atima

Arua Central MP Jackson Atima made his intentions to be at the helm of Uganda’s 11th parliament clear after he showed up to pick his nomination forms. 

Felix Okot Ogong

Dokolo South County MP Felix Okot Ogong became the fifth party Member of parliament to pick nomination forms from the Secretariat.

Theodore Ssekikubo 

Commonly referred to as a rebel MP by party insiders, Lwemiyaga County House representative Theodre Ssekikubo claimed his nomination forms shortly after Ogong. 

Lwemiyaga County MP, Theodre Ssekikubo, is the sixth NRM MP to express interest in the Speakership. The party will on Thursday endorse a flag-bearer for the Friday election where Parliament will vote for the new Speaker.

Jacob Oboth Oboth

West Budama South MP Jacob Oboth-Oboth who reportedly resigned from his position as State Minister for Defence to contest for Parliament Speakership- picked his nomination forms in the afternoon. 

Alex Brandon 

Kagoma North legislator Alex Kintu Brandon who also doubles as the NRM Caucus spokesperson joined the race 

Hamson Obua

A few minutes after 3pm, Uganda’s State minister for Sports, Denis Hamson Obua, joined the fast-growing list of MPs on intent to immediately succeed Oulanyah.

Ajuri County MP, Hamson Obua, has also arrived at the NRM secretariat to pick nomination forms for the Speakership of Parliament. He is the 9th NRM MP to express interest in the position. 

Jane Ruth Aceng

Uganda’s health minister who shot up the stairs of national-wide fame over ‘proper handling’ of the Covid-19 pandemic soon after it had been confirmed in the country, Jane Ruth Aceng, made it clear through her Personal Assistant, George William Ssebamala, that she wanted to be the executive head of the legislature.

Florence Asiimwe 

Parliament first-timer representing Masindi District Florence Akiiki picked nomination forms in the afternoon even as the 5pm NRM set deadline for expression of interest in speakership loomed.

John Okot Amos 

The pastor who defeated some other five candidates in the January 14, 2021 polls, John Okot Amos, has his eyes on becoming the leader of Uganda’s top law making organ.  

Pius Wakabi

From the oil-rich Hoima District, Bugahya County MP Pius Wakabi Rujumba who in 2021 eased to his second term in the House- received his nomination documents from NRM with about 40 minutes to close the exercise. Rujumba returned to parliament after an emphatic victory over the former Uganda Law Society chief, Simon Peter Kinobe, in the NRM party primaries. 

As of 4:35pm, only two opposition MPs Asuman Basalirwa and Ssemujju Nganda had openly trumpeted their interests in speakership while Charles Ttebandeke voiced interest in the deputy speakership position. 

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