By Ahura Mujuni Mark
As Uganda looked ahead of getting the East African Legislative Assembly speaker post ,it seemed clear that the ruling National Resistance Movement party had fronted Dora Byamukama as the preferred candidate. Elections results on the other hand took many by surprise revealing another NRM member Margaret Nantongo Zziwa as the winner ,it was also reported that president Yoweri Museveni approved her candidature.
Zziwa while addressing journalists at Entebbe International Airport on her arrival from Arusha Tanzania made it clear that she did not defy the NRM party to stand for the EALA speakership.The issue of whether she defied the party’s will or not does not matter now,it is the hot soup the Speaker of Parliament Rebbecca Kadaga and Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi are in for not listening to President Museveni.
During NRM night meeting at State House Entebbe on Monday ,Museveni told the two leaders that he wanted former MP for Atuke Daniel Omara Atubo to go for the post.
“Mbabazi isn’t a caucus and conducting a meeting with a few people without consulting me doesn’t make it a party position. My choice of Speaker for EALA was Omara Atubo but you scared him when you told me you wouldn’t vote for him.”Museveni told NRM members at State House on Monday
President Museveni blamed Kadaga and Amama Mbabazi for not following NRM’s party principles. He added that he had already got information from the minister of East African Affairs Eriya Kategaya that Dora Byamukama would not get enough support in Tanzania ,the reason he wanted Atubo to be EALA speaker.
Daniel Omara Atubo is a Ugandan lawyer and politician. He is the former Minister of Land, Housing and Urban Development, in the Ugandan Cabinet. He represented “Otuke County”, in pressent-day Otuke District in the Ugandan Parliament, between 1987 and 2011. He lost his re-election bid to parliament in March 2011,Museveni wanted him to serve as speaker in the East African Legislative Assembly.
Would he have served better or not?That is gone- What matters is that the elected Speaker Nantongo Margaret Zziwa has promised to deliver the best to Uganda in her term,she has pledged to work to remove barriers to free trade in the East African region to promote trade in Uganda.