The Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah, has challenged Members of Parliament to sharpen their arguments during debate as opposed to sharpening their voices.
Oulanyah, who was inducting MPs of the 11th Parliament Monday on the rules of procedure, asked the legislators to embrace evidence-based debate.
The three-day induction exercise is expected to end on Wednesday.
“The will of the majority must carry the day,’ said Omoro County MP Oulanyah.
‘However, majority is not necessarily the decision of the biggest political party. It will depend on the issue at hand. The Deputy Speaker (Anita Among) and I will try to make this a happy House.’
Last week on May 24, Oulanyah won the Speakership race after he got 310 votes to defeat Kamuli Woman MP Rebecca Kadaga (197) and Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda (15).
In the Deputy Speaker race, Among (Bukedea Woman MP) bagged 415 votes, beating her closest rival Yusuf Nsibambi (Mawokota South) who managed 35 votes. Kampala Central MP Mohammed Nsereko garnered 24 votes.
Oulanyah emphasized the importance of blending humour with work, saying that in his experience at Parliament (both as Deputy Speaker and a member), MPs process more business when the House is happy as opposed to when they are angry.
Kadaga’s successor said the aspirations or interests of individual members must be subsumed to the aspirations of the August House.