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PROFILE: Who is Anita Annet Among, the New Elected 11th Speaker of Parliament?

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Ms. Anita Annet Among is a Ugandan accountant, lawyer and politician representing Bukedea District Women Constituency in Ugandan parliament, (2016 to date)MP under National Resistance Movement (NRM) party.

The Former deputy speaker of the Parliament, Anita Among has emerged winner for the position of Speaker of the 11th Parliament after defeat Bugiri Municipality legislator Asuman Basalirwa when she emerged 401 votes to 66.

Rt. Hon. Anitah Among who replaced Rt. Hon Jacob Oulanyah who passed away last Sunday in Seattle, USA where he had gone to receive specialized treatment was declared by Chief Justice Alphonse Owiny Dollo as the new and duly elected Speaker of Parliament of Uganda.

 

Among was born in Bukedea District on 23 November 1973. She attended local schools for her elementary and secondary education.

She graduated 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.

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, a long-time member of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change political party ran in 2016 as an independent candidate. She won and is the incumbent MP.

In 2020, she joined the National resistance Movement (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.

Among declared her bid for the deputy speaker-ship of the 11th Parliament of Uganda.

In the 10th Parliament, Among serves as the Vice Chairperson of the Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE).

 

It should be noted that Anita Annet Among is not married but has a son with one of Forum For Democratic Change FDC’s officials in western Uganda by the name of Patrick Baguma Atenyi.

 

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