Speaker Oulanyah Assumes Office “Preaches Reconciliation, Promises to Serve above Self and National Interest”

He said the new leadership at parliament will be one based on “faith in facts and sharpening argument rather than raising our voices”.

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The New Speaker of 11th Parliament Jacob Oulanyah Assumes Office after being Declared winner of May 24th Election at Kololo independence Grounds.

By Nasser Kasozi Akandwanaho

The New Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah after declared winner of the Monday 24th elections and defeating his former boss Rebecca Kadaga has promised to serve the people of Uganda by improving the image of parliament and enforces accountability and helping legislators in debates that base on faith in facts and sharpened reasoning during plenary.

While delivering his victory speech after being pronounced the winner of the parliamentary speaker race.

Jacobo Oulanyah trounced his former boss Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga garnering 310 votes against the latter’s 197.

He said the new leadership at parliament will be one based on “faith in facts and sharpening argument rather than raising our voices”.

Oulanyah said that under his leadership, no view shall be suppressed and all legislators will be tolerated.

We should agree that no view shall be suppressed and work with tolerance. We should act in a harmonious way. We have collective responsibility.

“This particular election has been challenging. As a result, expectations are high, fears and uncertainties exist but together we must rebuild our friendship. I promise to provide leadership through this and walk the talk,” Oulanyah said.

“Expectations are high but together we should mend the bridges.”

Oulanyah thanked the people of Omoro County who elected him, the NRM leadership that endorsed him for the Speakership position.

“I am truly humbled to be elected Speaker of this Parliament and I promise to work together with the Deputy Speaker that you will select to repay the confidence you showed when you elected me as Speaker.”

Oulanyah said that in one’s lifetime, you can change party affiliation but it is unusual that one can change Nationality, and therefore when decision-making time comes, legislators must measure the decisions against national interest and this is what he will do.

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