Kampala. Parliament on Monday evening, elected former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) stalwart Anita Among as the deputy speaker, taking over from Jacob Oulanya who earlier in the day replaced his former boss Rebecca Kadaga as speaker in a hotly contested vote.
Among’s closest rival was FDC’s Yusuf Nsibambi who garnered 35 and Mohammad Nsereko with 24 votes.
Among was Sunday vetted by the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Central Executive Committee (CEC) which sent her name to the party’s Parliamentary caucus, where she trounced two contenders including Thomas Tayebwa and Juliet Kinyamatama.
There were seven invalid votes
In the Speaker’s vote, Oulanyah beat his former boss Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga garnering 310 votes against the latter’s 197. Oulanyah promised that under his leadership, no view shall be suppressed and all legislators will be tolerated.
“Expectations are high but together we should mend the bridges. It has been a challenging vote but together we will win,”Oulanya said shortly after being declared winner.
Among was born in Bukedea District on 23 November 1973. She represents voters of this district as a Womana MP.
She attended schools in Bukedea for her early education before graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, from Makerere University, in 2005.
In 2008, she was awarded a Master of Business Administration degree, also by Makerere University
In 2018, Among graduated from Kampala International University, with a Bachelor of Laws degree. At that time she was in the process of attaining qualification as a Chartered Certified Accountant.
From 1998 until 2006, Ms Among worked at Centenary Bank, one of the large commercial banks in the country. At the time she left in 2006, she had risen to the rank of branch manager. For the ten years prior to her election to parliament, she served as a lecturer in accounting, at Kampala International University.
For two parliamentary election cycles in 2007, when Bukedea District was created, and 2011, Among lost the District Woman Representative seat to Rose Akol of the National Resistance Movement political party.
Among, was for a long-time member of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change political party but in 2016 she ran as an independent candidate. She won and is the incumbent MP.
In 2020, she joined the NRM after falling out with her party FDC and won the party primaries. In the 2021 general elections, Among was one of the few legislators who was elected unopposed to join the 11th parliament though her victory was contentious because the electoral commission blocked some of her competitors from nomination.
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