Uganda receives the casket body of Jacob Oulanyah (1)
After 11 days since Jacob Oulanyah breathed his last, the casket carrying his body has arrived in the country. PHOTO/NEW VISION

A casket carrying the body of Jacob Oulanyah, former Speaker of Parliament, arrived in the country eleven days after he passed away.

Eleven days after he breathed his last, the casket carrying the body of the former Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah has arrived in the country.

The body of late speaker Jacob Oulanyah arrived at the Entebbe International Airport at around 1:57 pm aboard Ethiopian Airlines.

With tears and grief from his family members and friends, Oulanyah’s body was received by a number of legislators and dignitaries led by the current Speaker of Parliament Rt Hon. Anita Among and her Deputy Thomas Tayebwa.

Other dignitaries include Vice-President Jessica Alupo, Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo and former Vice President Edward Ssekandi.

Oulanyah passed away on 20th March 2022 in Seattle, USA. With his body now in the country, the government reiterates that burial programs will commence immediately.

Oulanyah will be laid to rest on Friday, April 8 in Omoro District. Earlier the National Organising Committee chairperson, Milly Babalanda said the day of his burial will be regarded as a National public holiday.

Babalanda who is also the Minister for the Presidency said from Entebbe Airport, that the casket holding Oulanyah’s body will be handed over to A-plus Funeral Management. 

On Sunday 3rd and Monday 4th April at 9.00 am, the body will lie at the home of the Speaker in Muyenga where friends and well-wishers will pay their last respects.

She said there will be a small service conducted and attended by a few people on Sunday. 

On Tuesday 5th April 2022 at 9.00 am, the body will be moved to the Parliament of Uganda where the Rt. Hon. Speaker will lead the Members of Parliament to pay their final respects. The body will then spend the night in Parliament.

On Wednesday 6th April 2022 at 9.00 am, the body will be taken to Kololo Ceremonial Grounds for a State Funeral where His Excellency the President of the Republic of Uganda and NRM National Chairman will lead the nation in paying tribute to the late Speaker of Parliament.

The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda; His Grace Dr Kazimba Mugalu will be the main celebrant.

A maximum number of 1,500 persons including Members of the Executive, Members of Parliament, Members of the Judiciary, Foreign Dignitaries, Heads of Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, Family Members, and Leaders from the Acholi sub-region will be allowed to access the grounds.

After the Ceremony, at 3.00 pm the casket will be airlifted to Omoro, Lalogi village; the Speaker’s ancestral home where it will be received by the family and Acholi leaders. There will be a night vigil at the home.

On Thursday 7th April 2022, the body will lie at Lalogi for final respects by members of the public. Then on Friday 8th April 2022, the burial ceremony will start at 9.00 am.