Museveni has said if he had known that the late Jacob Oulanyah’s health would be worrying, he would not have recommended him to run for the Parliamentary Speakership.
President Museveni has said he would have advised the late Jacob Oulanyah not to stand for the Parliamentary Speakership position had he been aware of his worrying health state.
Museveni made the remarks on Wednesday during a national vigil held at the Kololo Independence grounds in respect to the fallen Speaker.
He said Oulanyah became too busy with issues of national politics while seeking to retain his Omoro County seat, and also canvassing for support for the National Vice Chairperson of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party for Northern Uganda.
During the same time, he had also expressed a desire in contesting as Speaker for the 11th Parliament forcing him to pay less attention to his health until when the situation was beyond repair.
Museveni who was quick to raise regrets indicated that had he been aware of the late’s illness, he would have advised him off the Speakership position due to its hectic demands.
“He was involved in all the politics in Omoro, CEC etc, If I had known,I would have told him to concentrate on his health. That speakership is very dangerous, sitting there the whole day. You shouldn’t accept that if you have some health issues. Health is a weapon.
“If you are fighters for Africa, you must pay attention to health because you must use it to fight for Africa. That is why I discourage people from taking alcohol. It is not good for your health,” Museveni said.
He, however, eulogised the late saying that he was a very devoted and committed cadre who played a vital role in uniting the people of northern Uganda who had been messed up by bad politics.
Museveni as such stated that Oulanyah’s death is a big loss not only to his family and relatives but also to the nation as a whole because he still had a lot to offer.
“Losing Oulanyah is a big loss. He was coming up and we were going to get a lot of benefits from him. He had already done a good job in uniting Northern Uganda. Northern Uganda had been messed up by bad politics,” Museveni stated.
“I want to salute Oulanyah and commend him to you. I don’t want to hear this ‘Northern, Oulanyah was not a speaker for the North but for Uganda. When you hear them say, ‘Northern’, tell them to shut up,” he added.