The Forum for Democratic Change(FDC) has finally endorsed their party Spokesperson and Kiira municipality member of parliament Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda and Yusuffu Nsibambi to contest for the position of the speaker and deputy speaker respectively.
This has been announced by the Party Chairman Amb. Waswa Birigwa while addressing the media today at the party headquarters Najjanankumbi.
“I am happy to announce that a decision has been reached by the party through its top organs, the working committee, the Parliamentary caucus and the National Executive Council (NEC) to front the Hon. Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda and Hon. Yussuf Nsibambi to contest for the positions of Speaker and deputy speaker of the 11th Parliament respectively.” Birigwa Said.
The Kiira Municipality Member of Parliament, who also doubles as the Chief Opposition Whip in Parliament, had positioned himself as the official opposition candidate and even written letters to the presidents of other political parties to endorse his candidature.
Semujju also warned all members of the opposition to desist from supporting any candidate from the ruling National Resistance Movement party or risk disciplinary actions.
In a total disagreement with Ssemujju, Amuriat, who is a former Member of Parliament, said at the office of the Leader of Opposition that the voting of the Speaker of Parliament is going to be a secret ballot and no party will have any control over how its members are going to vote.
“The election of the Speaker is a secret ballot activity beyond the control of any political party, FDC inclusive,” said Amuriat.
The FDC president also said MPs are national characters beyond party affiliations and the election of the Speaker meant to be a non-partisan figure requires impartial wisdom.
“Members of Parliament are national characters and they play their roles beyond the partisan line of their political parties. Importantly, the choice for the Speaker should be a non-partisan and impartial substance,” said Amuriat.
Senior FDC leaders including Dokolo Woman Member of Parliament, Cecilia Ogwal; the Commissioner of Parliament, Francis Mwijukye; Kilak South MP, Gilbert Olanya and Amuru woman MP, Lucy Akello are among the party MPs who have openly declared their support for the incumbent Rebecca Kadaga.