Kira Municipality Member of Parliament, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, has officially declared his intention to contest for the Office of the Speaker in the 11th Parliament.
Ssemujju made the announcement in a press conference held at Parliament on Tuesday morning.
Hon Ssemuju said if he is voted he will not only be the Speaker of opposition but a Speaker of Parliament and Ugandans.
“I am not going to be a speaker of Opposition but a Speaker of Parliament and Ugandans,” Ssemujju said while declaring his bid.
However, Ssemujju now joins a growing list of contestants for the office of the Speaker of Parliament, which includes incumbent Rebecca Kadaga and deputy Jacob Oulanyah. Although both have not yet formally declared interest in the seat, their campaign teams are reportedly canvasing support for them among legislators.
Asked where he gets the confidence to take on incumbent Kadaga, Ssemujju told the press that he has sent a letter to all presidents of opposition parties that have their members in Parliament, reminding them of their duty as opposition, and asked them to support his bid.
“I have told them that as opposition, we will be asked to provide am alternative on everything that happens. It will be terrible if we assemble here on the first day to cheer the NRM. I am asking for their support,” Ssemujju said.