Nsereko Declines to Step Down In Favor of Oulanyah

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However, in brief statement, Nsereko, says he rejected the presidents request opting to compete with Oulanyah when the 10th Parliaments convene on May 19 to elect the next Deputy Speaker.

Kampala Central Member of Parliament, Mohammed Nsereko has turned down a request by President Yoweri Museveni to quit the race for Deputy Speaker. According to sources, Museveni asked Nsereko at State house in Entebbe this afternoon to step down from the race for deputy speaker in favor of Jacob Oulanyah in vain.
 
Museveni had convened a meeting with NRM-leaning MPs to convince them to back the party position to maintain the incumbent Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga and her deputy Oulanyah. 

However, in brief statement, Nsereko, says he rejected the president's request opting to compete with Oulanyah when the 10th Parliaments convene on May 19 to elect the next Deputy Speaker. 
 
"I have told the President that I will not stand down for Hon. Oulanyah. Our values are different and I will stand by the will of voters to protect the Constitution. Why ask me to stand down if Oulanyah is a strong candidate?" Nsereko questioned. 
 
Nsereko also asked the President to support his bid, while rallying other MPs to back him. The latest developments come after the withdrawal of Wilfred Niwagaba from the race due to differences in opinion with Nsereko over who should step down in favour of the other.

 

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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.