- Updated by Faith Barbara Namagembe at 1153 EAT on Saturday 26 March 2022.
President Museveni handing over the mase to Anita Among following her election as speaker
Anita Among Annet, the freshly elected speaker of parliament has pledged to work and serve Ugandans irrespective of political party affiliation.
Among made the remarks while delivering her victory speech at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds in Kampala today Friday. Among, the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party candidate garnered 401 votes to defeat her opposition rival Asuman Basalirwa, the Bugiri Municipality MP who got 66 votes.“A better Uganda is good for everyone irrespective of your political affiliation. The reason we have reached out to all political parties in parliament is to work for our country. I will be a speaker for all,” she said.
Adding that, “Honorable colleagues, you have been unanimous in your assessment of my leadership; I’m here, ready to serve you, but I will serve you; as we walk the journey together.” Asuman BasalirwaAmong further explained that the needs of the common man will be prioritized in order to achieve the social-economic transformation. She described her victory as the greatest honour in her life to serve parliament and the country at large, with humility and respect, as the nation mourns Oulanyah’s death.
“Today is a day of mixed emotion, a day when we continue to mourn our fallen friend, a father, and yet the constitution of the Republic of Uganda which we swore and uphold to dictates the constitutional process must be undertaken. This is a day I have never imagined to happen so soon because I believed for the next 5 years or 10 years, I would still be the deputy speaker and Jacob would be the speaker,” Among said.
Among’s election as speaker was presided over by the chief justice Alfonse Chigamoi Owiny-Dollo. President Yoweri Museveni was also in attendance.
The election of a new speaker follows the death of Oulanyah, the Omoro County MP, and the national vice chairperson of the National Resistance Movement (NRM), who died on Sunday.