Former Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has called upon the current leadership in House under Ms Anita Among and to carry on the legacy of the late Jacob Oulanyah.
Ms Kadaga, who is the first deputy prime minister and minister for East African Community Affairs, made the remarks during the celebration service of Oulanyah organized by National Resistance Movement (NRM) party at the secretariat in Kampala on Thursday 31st/03/2022.
Oulanyah, who is the former Speaker of Parliament, passed away on March 20 in Seattle, USA.
“The Rt Hon Jacob Oulanyah had aspirations of bringing the House together and proper legislation in Parliament and I think the current leadership in the House needs to carry on the legacy. He worked so hard for the party especially in the north as deputy national chairman,” Ms Kadaga said.
In response to the Ms Kadaga’s remark, Mr Chris Obore, the head of communications at Parliament, in an interview with this publication said: “If you asked Jacob (Oulanyah) who he wanted to replace him, he would have told you Anita. The current Speaker is a mentee of Oulanyah and she has continued to say that she is going to uphold her former boss’ legacy of working together in Parliament, respect for each other as well as reducing conflict.”
After the 2016 General Election, Ms Kadaga and her then deputy Oulanyah got entangled in internal disputes which would later spill into the public as the latter accused his boss of blocking him from chairing proceedings in Parliament.
The matter worsened last year when the two contested against each other for the Speaker seat which Oulanyah won.
The body of the late Jacob Oulanyah is expected in the country today and will be accompanied by the deceased’s children and a few other dignitaries.
The body of Jacob Oulanyah, the former Speaker of Parliament, is expected to arrive in the country today aboard an Ethiopian Airlines plane.
Oulanyah died on March 20 at the University of Washington Medical Centre in Seattle, US, where he was receiving treatment for cancer.
According to the official burial programme from the national organizing committee led by the Minister for Presidency, Ms Milly Babalanda, the body will arrive at Entebbe International Airport at about 2pm.
According to Mr Anthony Akol, the Kilak North County legislator who doubles as the Acholi Parliamentary Group chairperson told Monitor yesterday that there will also be about 70 dancers who will perform a traditional Acholi dance at the airport.
“A cultural gesture to receive backs the body,” he said.
Some of the dignitaries expected to receive the body include Vice President Jessica Alupo, Speaker of Parliament Anita Among and her deputy, Mr Thomas Tayebwa.
“The casket will be received with full honours. A few leaders and family members will be allowed at this ceremony. Immediately after, the casket will be handed over to A plus Funeral Management,” the burial programme reads in part.
On Sunday, the body, according to the programme, will lay at Oulanyah’s home in Muyenga, Kampala where family members, friends, and other well-wishers will continue paying their last respects.
A series of activities will continue until the body is finally laid to rest next Friday at the deceased’s ancestral home in Omoro District.
Police spokesperson Fred Enanga said yesterday that they have tightened security during the ongoing funeral and burial arrangement until the departed Speaker is buried.