According to the latest statement from government, the body of Jacob Oulanyah, the deceased Speaker of the 11th Parliament, will be flown back into the country on Friday.
The body of Jacob Oulanyah, the deceased Speaker of the 11th Parliament, will be flown back into the country on Friday, this week according to the latest statement from the government.
“Fellow Ugandans, I wish to confirm that the body of our beloved Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah will arrive in Uganda this Friday,” the Minister for Presidency, Milly Babalanda tweeted on Monday afternoon.
Babalanda who is also the chairperson of the National Organising Committee (NOC) added that upon the body’s arrival into the country, there will be a series of weeklong activities preceding the burial in the late’s home district, Omoro.
Oulanyah died from Seattle, in the US where he had earlier been admitted after suffering a terminal illness. His death has however, caused mixed reactions with some Ugandans stating that he succumbed to poison while a few government officials insist that he died a natural death.
Speaking at a Special Parliamentary Sitting at Kololo Independence Grounds during the election of the Speaker and Deputy of the 11th Parliament on Friday last week, President Museveni issued a warning to those raising conclusive statements about the deceased’s death saying that they will be called on to the police to explain further.
Museveni who was quick to rubbish the talk of poison said the deceased died in a reputable hospital that cannot be compromised. He said the country should await a postmortem report that will be read out on the day of his burial.
“I would like to warn the people who use hard situations to do cheap politics. I hear them saying Oulanyah was killed. You will be called to the police to explain because you know,” Museveni said adding that the Speaker died in a reputable hospital.
“Oulanyah died in a reputable hospital. For somebody who is educated to claim. You must come to police and explain. We cannot continue with this indiscipline,” he added.
This comes at a time when the 11th Parliament on Friday conducted voting in which Rt. Hon Anita Among was elected the new Speaker of the august House. Among will be deputised by Hon Thomas Tayebwa the former Government Chief Whip.
In a voting exercise presided over by Chief Justice Owiny Dollo, Hon Anita Among was named new Speaker of the 11th Parliament after garnering 401 votes against 66 votes attained by Opposition’s Asuman Basalirwa. For the deputy Speaker position, Thomas Tayebwa garnered 379 votes beating Opposition’s Moses Okot p’Bitek on 82 votes.