Laughter as Gen Moses Ali, Ssegirinya are nominated for deputy speakership

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Members of Parliament were treated to some comedy on Monday evening following the nomination of two unlikely candidates; General Moses Ali and Muhammad Ssegirinya for the position of Deputy Speaker.   

After a rather tense race of the Speaker of Parliament election that saw the Omoro County MP Jacob Oulanyah defeat Kamuli Woman MP Rebecca Kadaga to emerge winner of the race, the Deputy Speaker race was rather full of humor. Oulanyah emerged victorious after he got 310 votes against Kadaga’s 197 votes.   

After the nomination of the national Resistance Movement (NRM)’s candidate Anita Among by Ajuri county MP Hamson Denis Obua,  Mukono MP Betty Nambooze sent MPs laughing when she proposed General Moses Ali for the position of the Deputy Speaker.  

According to Nambooze, she nominated Moses Ali for the position as he is the most qualified MP who has served in several Governments and was the only lawyer from West Nile. Her proposal left MPs laughing as she went on to say it would save the general from walking around but sit comfortably in the Deputy Speakers chair.   

However several MPs including those from West Nile challenged Nambooze saying  Moses Ali was not the first MP with a law degree from West Nile. 

Nambooze’s statement lightened up the mood with persons in attendance including President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni laughing, as she insisted she was doing good by nominating someone from West Nile, but was being fought by the people from the same region. 

The Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah stopped Nambooze from proceeding and sought guidance from Gen Ali if indeed he had been consulted.

However when he came to the floor, Gen Moses Ali said that he had indeed been surprised like everyone else by the nomination by Nambooze, but said that he regretted the proposal because he had not been consulted.

Kioga MP, Okot Bitek nominated Muhammad Ssegirinya, the Kawempe North MP saying he is an MP who was badly brutalized and his election as Deputy Speaker could be a show of discontent with the Government on brutality. 

However this nomination was rejected by Butambala MP Muwanga Kivumbi who said that Ssegirinya was present but unable to speak since he is unwell and thereby declined the nomination. 

Only Anita Among, FDC’s Yusuf Nsibambi and Independent candidate Muhammad Nsereko were nominated.

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