As hours remaining to vote the next parliamentary speaker and deputy are countable, th newly sworn in MPs from the National Unity Platform (NUP) have been left unaided to decide on who to vote for the two legislative top positions.
Sources at the Kamwokya ghettos based political party alleges that members have been indirectly allowed to decide by themselves on who to vote for Speaker and Deputy Speaker of parliament.
While speaking during an interview this morning, Makindye West legislator Hon. Allan Ssewanyana said nothing has been announced from the NUP leadership.
“It’s like all legislators will have to think for themselves,” said Ssewanyana.
In March, NUP formed a five-member committee to research on who the party should back for the speakership race in Parliament. Since then nothing has been communicated.
Ssewanyana said he will be the one to nominate FDC’s Hon. Ssemujju Nganda, a person he has worked with under the “People’s Government” and office of the Leader of Opposition.
“I know what he can do to improve this Parliament. As a member of the opposition, I have to fight to make sure the opposition takes over Parliament,” he said. He expects Ssemujju to win by 262 votes.
However, there are tensions within the party as some members are backing Kadaga whom the party principal campaigned for in Namuli during the cross country presidential election campaigns.
Reliable sources further said that the party is to second Kampala woman mp Shamim Malende to contest for the deputy speaker however, the party spokesman Joel Ssenyonyi declined to comment on the matter.