gilbert olanya biography
Gilbert Olanya is a Ugandan politician

Who is Gilbert Olanya? Flash Uganda Media looks at his biography, age, early life, wife, education, family, Acholi Parliamentary Group, relationship with Samuel Odonga Otto, late Jacob Lokori Oulanyah, work and experience of the Member of Parliament for Kilak South.

Gilbert Olanya is a Ugandan politician who served as a Member of Parliament for Kilak South in the Pader District of Uganda. He’s a great member and supporter of the Forum for Democratic Party (FDC) in Uganda.

Early Life and Education

Gilbert Olanya was born in Gulu District. He attended Gulu Central High School for his Secondary School education and Kampala International University (KIU).


Gilbert Olanya who is a member of the Acholi Parliamentary Group got elected to Parliament on an FDC ticket and he’s the Secretary-General of the Acholi Parliamentary Group.

Olanya during the election of Speaker in the 11th parliament, kicked against the endorsement of Omoro county legislator Jacob Lokori Oulanyah (late) for the office of the Speaker of Parliament by the Acholi Parliamentary Group.

According to Olanya, the endorsement could lead to sectarian and tribal politics which would affect the Acholi Parliamentary Group, in incase its candidates lose. He adds that tribalism and sectarianism indicate immaturity and mere excitement.

Further, he said tribalism in politics is wrong, and as a result, people should start viewing politics beyond tribes and religion.

Olanya and his colleague Samuel Odonga Otto MP Aruu South were arrested and detained in June 2020, for staging a protest against COVID-19 handling by Gulu Hospital.

The two parliamentarians were then charged with negligence and inciting violence that could increase the spread of COVID-19.

Also, in March 2020, following the death of Speaker Oulanyah, he and other Acholi Parliamentary Group Members demanded government to reveal the cause of Oulanyah’s death before his burial. 

In addition, he tasked the government to explain exclusively what is happening with Acholi leaders who occupy juicy positions in the country.

In 2021, Olanya got involved in an accident along Kampala- Gulu highway and did not sustain any open injuries, unlike his driver who got minor injuries. 

The accident happened at Kyamukonda village in Nakasongola District at around 8 pm on his way to Kampala from Gulu.