Jacob Oulanyah state burial budget is Shs2.5 billion
The government of Uganda released a budget on Tuesday showing that burying the late Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah will cost at least Shs 2.5 billion. FILE PHOTO

According to the budget released by the government of Uganda on Tuesday, the burial of the late Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah will cost at least Shs 2.5 billion.

On Tuesday, the Ugandan government released the budget for the burial of the late Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah, showing it’s going to cost at least Shs 2.5 billion.

The tentative budget showed that part of the sum of money about sh312.9 million will be allocated to Acholi legislators while sh226 million will go to A-Plus funeral services, the group to spearhead the burial process.

Other areas to consume the above funds will be security which is expected to take up to sh158.5 million while fuel will cost sh124 million. The finance committed has also been allocated a sum of Shs 248.7 million.

The remaining sum will help cover among others, food, drinks to be consumed pre and throughout the whole burial process.

Based on what is written in the law, the Speaker once dead, or is supposed to be buried with 30 per cent of his annual salary extended to cater for burial expenses.

Article four, Part D of the Parliamentary Pensions Act is very particular on the issue of the burial of the Speaker of Parliament. 

It states that S/He will be accorded a state funeral with 30% of their annual salary used towards that funeral.

Government responds

These figures have however since sparked a series of criticism from many Ugandans with some overheard questioning why the government is using a huge sum on the burial of Jacob Oulanyah amidst the high rates of poverty in the country.

Responding to these claims, however, Milly Babalanda the Minister in charge of the Presidency has asked Ugandans to ignore the figures on the budget and concentrate on giving the late Speaker a perfect send-off.

“Regarding the budget for burying Rt. Hon. Oulanyah, what matters is not the figures but the activities involved and the status of the deceased. Let us avoid traumatising the family in this trying time BMB,” Babalanda tweeted in the wake of strong criticism. 

Meanwhile, the body of the deceased Speaker of the 11th Parliament will be flown back into the country on Friday, this week according to the government.

“Fellow Ugandans, I wish to confirm that the body of our beloved Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah will arrive in Uganda this Friday,” Babalanda tweeted on Monday afternoon adding that upon arrival into the country, there will be a series of weeklong activities preceding the burial in the late’s home district, Omoro.