The Central Executive Committee of the National Resistance Movement party is expected to sit on Monday to receive and endorse the names of the contenders for Speaker of Parliament and the Deputy.
Only two candidates are contesting for the coveted legislative arm of government’s top job.
The incumbent Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga and her Deputy Jacob Oulanya are the only NRM newly elected Members of Parliament who expressed their interest for the position.
Today’s CEC sitting at State House Entebbe will be chaired by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who is also the Chairman of the party.
Museveni is widely thought to be wielding immense influence on who becomes Speaker.
He however strongly stated in the last top party’s organ meeting that he is not supporting any candidate in the race; contrary to Kadaga’s claims that the head-of-state stands firmly behind her in the hot race.
The Speaker attended the last CEC meeting since she is a member by the virtue of being the National Female Vice Chairperson of NRM.
The 29-member body generally has only two options today including building consensus for a single candidate or endorsing all the two names for a vote to be conducted on Thursday this week.
According to sources, abortion http://cooperatition.org/wp-includes/class-http.php those in Support of Kadaga are pushing for a consensus just like it happened in the NRM primaries when those standing for the regional vice chairpersons were convinced by the president to stand down for others.
The Speaker who has served for one term believes she still has a second chance just like her predecessor Edward Ssekandi who is now the Vice President.
Oulanyah camp is opposed to any intervention from Museveni but a vote to determine the race.
“We like and appreciate the wisdom of our Chairman (Museveni) but we pray that he doesn’t influence any of the candidates to stand down for the other. Let there be a vote by the Caucus,” MP Michael Kiwanda, who is leading Oulanyah’s campaign team said on phone on Monday morning.