Abubaker Kawalya, a member of the opposition political party Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), has Thursday afternoon been elected Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) speaker.
The voting which took place at City Hall in Kampala amid heavy security deployment, was presided over by Buganda Road Chief Magistrate, Miriam Akello.
Kawalya (Nakawa) who is a renown member of opposition pressure group, People Power movement garnered 17 votes out the total 32, defeating Doreen Nyanjura (Makerere University), a candidate endorsed by his own party FDC who polled 14 votes and Muhammad Ssegirinya (Kawempe) who got only a vote.
Initially, Bruhan Byaruhanga Mugisha (Kyambogo University) from the ruling party National Resistance Movement (NRM) had shown interest in the seat but bowed out at the last minute in preference of the deputy speaker position, who election was not yet held by publication of this story.
He is to battle with FDC endorsed Doreen Sabuka (Makindye) and Alice Amongi (Nakawa), also from FDC.
Last year, parliament amended the KCCA Act creating positions of speaker and deputy speaker at KCCA and division levels. President Yoweri Museveni would later on November 28 assent to the Kampala Capital City (Amendment) Act, 2019.
The Speaker and Deputy Speaker are expected to take an oath later today and immediately resume their duties including presiding over all meetings of the Council and being in charge of the overall authority for the preservation of order in the Council.
They are also responsible for ensuring the enforcement of the rules of procedure of Council.