Tayebwa Thomas, the Ruhinda North County MP was Friday elected the new Deputy Speaker for the 11th Parliament.
Tayebwa, who was standing on the ticket of the ruling NRM party garnered 379 votes against 82 for Mr Okot P’Bitek Moses, the Opposition’s candidate.
The former Government Chief Whip will now deputise Ms Anita Among (NRM) who had earlier beaten Justice Forum’s Asuman Basalirwa to win the top most seat in the August House. Among scored 401 while Basalirwa got 66.
Given the numerical advantage of the National Resistance Movement in the parliament, the victory for both Among and Tayebwa was more than guaranteed.
Tayebwa 40, first became a Member of Parliament in 2016. In 2006, while on FDC ticket, he stood for Youth parliamentary elections but lost.
With the speaker and deputy speaker offices now fully filled, Parliament is expected to release a detailed burial programme for former speaker Jacob Oulanyah who was announced dead on March 20, 2022.
Oulanyah’s body is currently in America where he had been rushed with terminal illness.