By Alice Lubwama
Moments before the 2016/17 budget reading, parliament presided over by speaker Kadaga approved Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi as vice president of Uganda to serve for the second term.
The motion to approve Ssekandi was moved by Ruth Nankabirwa the newly appointed Government chief whip and seconded by Dp’s Gonzanga Sewungu and Odonga Otto for Aluur County.
A total of 280 members voted in favor of the reappointed VP, while 4 voted against and 9 abstained from the poll.
In a short speech after being approved, Ssekandi thanked members for putting their trust in him and also the President for seeing more potential in him.
Those voted against include Mwijukye Francis Buhweju county, Sewanyana Allan Makidye west, Kasibante Moses Lubaga north and Mubarak Munyagwa Sserunga.
After seconding Ssekandi for vice president MP Odonga Otto urged him to speak to the president to have a dialogue with Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye to have him released from jail. The house also approved Kasese woman MP Winne Kizza as opposition leader and Ssemujju Ibrahim as the opposition chief whip.
Parliament also constituted the appointments committee headed by speaker Kadaga with NRM having majority members including Arinaitwe Rwakajara , Hellen Ondoa, Makumbi Henry, Moses Balyeku , Beatrice Rwakimari among others.
Other members include Joseph Sewungu of DP, Santa Olumu from UPC , Winnie Kizza , Betty Akol and Francis Mwijukye all from FDC. Gen. Elly Tumwine will represent UPDF on the committee.