By Komakech Nicholas
Members of Parliament from the Acholi sub-region have openly disowned and also condemned reports that they have endorsed the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah to be the Speaker.
So far six MPs from the sub-region have come out to say that there was no agreement or even debate on the position of the Speaker of Parliament being eyed by Oulanyah and the current holder, Rebecca Kadaga. The development comes two days after State House also disowning reports that Oulanyah has been endorsed for Speakership.
The first MP to come out was Gilbert Olanya of Kilak South, who said it is wrong for a tribe to side on the election of the Speaker.
“It is wrong to tag a tribe on to the election of the speakership in the 11th parliament. Acholi Parliamentary Group has no side,” said Olanya.
Olanya added that they will only vote for a Speaker of “respect, dignity and honour”.
“The Speaker is required to treat each and every Member of Parliament with dignity and respect honouring the voters’ opinion from the MPs constituency,” he said.
He strongly condemned the 3 quoted colleagues, out of the 28 legislators from Acholi, who allegedly resolved to support Oulanyah for Speaker.
“Therefore, I condemn those Members of Parliament who are tagging a tribe in the forthcoming election of the Speakership. The election of the Speakership is based on the independent, individual conviction of a Member of Parliament,” he said.
Adding: “Conclusively, remove tribalism, nepotism and sycophancy from the election of the Speaker of the 11th Parliament of the Republic of Uganda.”
Another MP hailing from Kitgum district said the meeting at Churchill Courts in Gulu town didn’t have the election of the Speaker on the agenda and there was no debate or resolution on it.
“The meeting had nothing to do with the election of the Speaker. Some few individuals came out made statements but not a resolution.”
Four MPs from Agago, Nwoya, Lamwo and Amuru have made similar statements.