The Speaker of Parliament, Rt Hon Jacob L’Okori Oulanyah, is dead, President Museveni has announced.
His death was announced by President Yoweri Museveni on Sunday at 1:07 pm through his official Twitter account.
“Countrymen and Countrywomen, it is with a lot of sadness that I announce the death of the Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah, the Speaker of Parliament,” tweeted President Museveni, sending waves of shock across the country.
Museveni said he received information about Mr Oulanyah’s death yesterday at 10:30 am and decided to delay the announcement so his family would be informed first.
He added Mr Oulanyah had been receiving care from a doctor while in the Intensive Care Unit.
“It is with a lot of sadness that I announce the death of the Jacob Oulanyah, the Speaker of Parliament. I got information of this sad news at 10.30 am, East African time from people that have been with him and the doctor that was caring for him in the intensive care unit,” said Museveni in a tweet
“He was a good Cadre. I delayed the announcement so that his children would be informed first.”
The President also condoled with the family of the fallen Speaker, instructing Presidency Minister, Hon. Mary Milly Babalanda to take charge of preparations on behalf of the presidency.
“I extend my condolences, the condolences of my family and all Ugandans to the children of Oulanyah and his wider family; the government and the NRM will always stand with them; I will say more about Rt Hon. Oulanyah in the coming days,” said Museveni.
He directed flags to fly at half-mast until the burial of the Speaker is concluded.
Oulanyah was an agricultural economist, and lawyer, who served as Deputy Speaker of 2006 – 2016 under Rebecca Kadaga before defeating her on 24th May 2021 to become Speaker of the 11th Parliament. He served for 9 months and 24 days.
The Speaker was referred abroad on February 3rd for specialized healthcare by doctors at Mulago Hospital where he was first admitted in January.
Leaders from all over the country and the whole world have eulogized the Late Speaker as a great leader whose leadership was above self.
Deputy Speaker, Anita Among in a tweet said:
“Parliament will never be the same without you, I will dearly miss you, the light moments, the unique moments we jointly chaired the proceedings of the House – setting precedents that had never been and all that you were to me and the Parliament of Uganda,” she said.
The Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, Hon. Mathias Mpuuga commiserated with Oulanyah’s family and the NRM fraternity, for losing their Vice-Chairperson (Northern Uganda), and a member of its Central Executive Committee.
“It’s with great sadness that I received the news of the passing of the Speaker of Parliament, Rt Hon. Jacob Oulanyah; deepest condolences to his family, friends, the Parliamentary fraternity, the people of Omoro & the National Resistance Movement that he served as Vice Chairman for Northern Uganda,” said Mpuuga.