Anita Among Elected Deputy Speaker of Parliament

Bukedea Woman MP Anita Among pictured during the first sitting of the 11th Parliament at Kololo Airstrip on May 24, 2021. PHOTO/ PARLIAMENT PRESS TEAM

Bukedea district Woman MP, Ms. Anita Among was overwhelmingly elected Deputy Speaker of the 11th Parliament after beating her two male contenders; Kampala Central MP Muhammad Nsereko (Independent) and Mawokota South MP Yusuf Nsibambi (FDC).

Among who was on Sunday night endorsed by the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) caucus as the party candidate for the post got 415 votes while her closest contender, Mr. Nsibambi got 35 and Nsereko trailed with 24 votes.

The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) caucus Sunday endorsed Ms. Among as their flag bearer for the position of the Deputy Speaker race in the 11th Parliament.

This is after she scored 168 votes with her closest rival, Mr Thomas Tayebwa, the Ruhinda County North MP, coming second with 149 votes.

Ms Robina Rwakoojo, the Member of Parliament for Gomba West County in Gomba District, came in the last position with only 10 votes.

Among, 47, is an accountant and a lawyer by profession who has served in the Parliamentary Committee on Commissions Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE).

She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Accounting, and a Masters in Business Administration from Makerere University. Among also holds a Bachelor of Laws from Kampala International University and Postgraduate degree in Banking from Uganda Martyrs University.

Among, a former member of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) joined the ruling National Resistance Movement party during the last campaign and was prominent during the voting for the removal of the presidential age limit in December 2017.

“I should work as a bridge between the Opposition and NRM… I should be able to promote equal opportunities in terms of allocation of time in the House for anybody to debate in the House and when the person is debating, that is a voice of the so many that are voiceless,” Ms. Among said in February after announcing her bid. She deputised Abdu Katuntu in the Cosase probe into Bank of Uganda.

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