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Parliament Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah is in a critical health condition and has been flown out of the country for specialized treatment, his Deputy, Anita Among has confirmed.

Oulanyah was last seen in parliament on December 21, 2021 when he chaired the day’s plenary session and since then it has been Among handling House business.

Among revealed that Oulanyah has been unwell for the last two weeks and had traveled out of the country on February 4, 2022, for treatment upon advice from medical experts.

“We want to inform the Honorable House that as you are aware Rt. Hon. Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah has been unwell for the last two weeks. During the period he was receiving medical attention from the National Referral Hospital in Mulago. The medical experts in consultation with his personal doctors decided to refer him out of Mulago to a specialized medical hospital for better attention,” Among said.

The Government Chief Whip, Thomas Tayebwa in reaction to her communication rose on behalf of the House to appreciate Among for updating them about the health of Oulanyah especially since social media was awash with false information regarding his health.

“Hon. Speaker, we want to join you, we as colleagues here to pray for our Speaker’s quick recovery but we also want to thank you for updating us because the street talk had really gone way beyond,” Tayebwa said.

Last year, shortly after his election as House Speaker, Oulanyah went missing for a month over ill health after chairing the House at the reading of the 2021/2022 Financial Year Budget at Kololo Independence grounds.

Parliamentarians demanded an update on the whereabouts of their leader but Among was tight-lipped about the matter which forced Ugandans to draw conclusions on his health.

“One thing I can assure you, Honorable members. Forget about social media. What is on social media is not the reality. I spoke to Rt Hon Jacob even now before I came to the house. He’s in a good mood, I told him I’m going to tell your members, he only told me; “tell them I love them.” So, the social media saying; Rest in Peace Oulanyah, do what, that is just lugambo. That is the act of the devil which we will not allow. The 11th parliament is not for devil’s work,” Among said.

Anthony Akol, Kilak North MP, also appreciated Among for her communication and for reassuring the people of Acholi sub-region and the country at large about the health of Oulanyah who not only serves as Patron of the Acholi Parliamentary Group but is also no. 3 in the country.

Among assured the MP that Oulanyah is not just Acholi property but Government’s and that when something happens to him it’s Government that’s affected first.

She also informed the House that there is no leadership vacuum at Parliament and that Oulanyah should be allowed to rest before reminding them that Oulanyah is still the Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda and will be for the next 10 years.