At the beginning of each Assembly, the house also elects a member to the position of Deputy Speaker, proceeding in the same manner as for the election of the speaker. In the absence of the Speaker or whenever requested by the latter, the Deputy Speaker takes the Chair and has the same powers and functions as the speaker. The Deputy speaker is also the chairman of committees when the Speaker chooses not to chair the committee. The Deputy speaker of a House of parliament shall presides over the sitting of that House in the absence of the Speaker.
Hon. Richard Shugh Muhiga