DEPUTY SPEAKERSHIP RAACE: Hon Robina Gureme Rwakoojo, the Gomba West Member of Parliament has today launched her bid for the Deputy Speaker position in the incoming 11th parliament.
Rwakoojo joins a list of six other candidates in the race for the same position, who include; Hon. Jacob Oboth-Oboth (West Budama North), Hon. Anita Among (Bukedea Woman MP), Hon. Muhammad Nsereko (Kampala Central), Hon. Thomas Tayebwa (Ruhinda North), Hon. Theodore Ssekikubo (Lwemiyaga), and State Minister for Finance Hon. David Bahati.
Speaking at the launch of her campaigns, Mrs Rwakoojo said; “I am the most qualified candidate seeking to occupy this position. Parliament is about legislation and I am the qualified individual with vast experience and legal background.”
“I have sat and debated in parliament and I find that parliamentary debates are lacking and therefore need to be improved by equipping MPs through capacity building both within and outside Uganda,” she said at Imperial Royale hotel.
According to Article 82 of the 1995 Constitution, the office of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Parliament shall be elected by members of Parliament from among themselves.
The election of a Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Parliament is the first activity of the assembly after the administration of oaths for all people who will be gazetted by the Electoral Commission as winners of January 14, 2021 parliamentary elections.
The Deputy and Speaker of Parliament are mandated to carry out a number of duties, and key among them include presiding at any sitting of the House, preserving order and decorum in the House and make pronouncements on questions of order and practice.