By Spy Uganda
Kampala: 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 positions 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 located in Najjanankumbi.
While making the announcement, Amb. Birigwa said the decision has been reached through the party’s top organs, the working committee, the Parliamentary caucus, and the National Executive Council (NEC) of FDC.
“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.
However, It’s worth noting that a few weeks ago FDC party president, Patrick Amuriat Oboi openly distanced himself and the party from the candidature of Ssemujju Ibrahim Nganda for the Speaker of Parliament.
Before his endorsement, 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.
Birigwa further noted that as FDC, they will give their candidates all the necessary support throughout the race in the next Parliament.
FDC has become the first political party to endorse candidates for both the SPeakership and Deputy speaker race as the rest are yet to make any official announcements.
The Speakership race has so far attracted interest from four other candidates including Rebecca Kadaga (NRM) and her deputy Jacob Oulanyah (NRM), Rakai Woman MP Juliet Kinyamatama (NRM), and Richard Sebamala (DP).