Hon Thomas Tayebwa, newly elected Deputy Speaker of Parliament, invited church leaders to pray for Jacob Oulanyah’s office on Wednesday.
Oulanyah who had only served one year as Speaker of the 11th Parliament, died last month in Seattle, United States. Following his death, Rt. Hon Anita Among who was his deputy speaker resigned, and was elected new speaker after garnering 401 votes against a competitor, Hon. Asuman Basalirwa’s 66 votes.
Her election saw the former Government Chief Whip Thomas Tayebwa also elected the new deputy speaker of the 11th Parliament. As it has been in past, the Speaker’s office is located on the sixth floor of Parliament while that of the Deputy is located on the fifth.
However, in an article by the Nile Post earlier this month, it was reported that Speaker Anita Among would not be taking up Oulanyah’s former office on account that she was emotionally attached to the late.
“Madam is not well already and the office will not do her any good since she was too close to the deceased. Jacob’s death has not treated her well, you all saw, she wants something that keeps her away from his memories,” the Nile post wrote stating that her Deputy Tayebwa would rather be the one moving to new office while she retains one that should have been Tayebwa’s.
With all the ongoing talk, however, Tayebwa made his maiden appearance to the office on Wednesday. The Ruhinda North Member of Parliament in the company of invited chaplains for the Anglicans and Catholics at parliament was led in prayers that also included blessing his new office.
“I was joined by the Speaker of Parliament, Members of Staff and brethren in prayer as I embarked on a new journey in my newly allocated office space. I thank the Parliament Chaplains Rev Fr Ponsiano Kaweesa and Rev Christine Shimanya for their intercession and blessings and my fellow brethren for standing with me in prayer,’’ Tayebwa tweeted asking God to lead his way as he officially took up the late Oulanyah’s office.
Oulanyah was buried on April 8 in the Omoro district. He according to the health minister Jane Ruth Aceng succumbed to multi-organ failure.