Mps to elect new speaker on Friday- minister confirms
By Nabirye Edith
The minister for information and
national guidance Dr. Chris Baryomunsi has confirmed that Uganda’s Parliament
will elect the new speaker of the 11th Parliament to replace the fallen speaker
Rt.Hon. Jacob Oulanyah who passed on Sunday at Seattle in USA on Friday this
Dr. Baryomunsi who addressed a press
conference in kampala quoted article 82(4) of the constitution, which states
that no business transaction shall be done in Parliament when the position of
speaker is vacant.
He added that the
parliamentary pension’s act 2011 stipulates that when the speaker of Parliament
or deputy dies while in office, he or she is entitled to a state funeral
including paying tributes in Parliament which all require to first fill the
vacancy of speaker.
Baryomunsi thus revealed that
the clerk to parliament will call for expression of interests, nominations and
chief justice will preside over election exercise.
When asked about the burial
arrangements of Oulanyah, Baryomunsi said President Yoweri Kaguta Tibuhaburwa
Museveni constituted a national organizing committee chaired by the minister
for Presidency Milly Babirye Babalanda to work on burial ceremony and once they
are done the government will officially inform the public.
Meanwhile, Dr. Chris Baryomunsi
refuted allegations from some northern region leaders, which is the the
ancestral area of Oulanyah that he was poisoned saying he died a natural
illness and once postmortem is done the government will again inform the public
about the real cause of Oulanyah's death.