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FDC Tasks Government for Explanation on Late Oulanyah’s poisoning claims

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The Forum for Democratic Change party (FDC) has tasked government to respond to claims that former Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah was poisoned.

During the party’s weekly briefing on Monday, the FDC deputy spokesperson, Mr John Kikonyogo, said government has never come up with a detailed explanation dispelling such claims.

“Poison claims have been made about the late Oulanyah and some other public officials who have died in the past, but we have never been authoritatively briefed by the government. They tell us they are investigating,” Mr Kikonyogo said

“And this is something touching and worrying because you may not know who is next in case the speculation is true,” he claimed.

Oulanyah’s poison claims were initially made by his father,  Mr Nathan Okori, and later by the NRM central region chairperson, Mr Godfrey Kiwanda.

Mr Okori had at the burial ceremony on Friday, said: “…Jacob Oulanyah was poisoned. He told me. And he was operated on, doctors attempted to deal with the poison. The poison affected his health so badly…he was not in a position to recover. He was too weak.”

The government has since dismissed the claims, saying Oulanyah died of natural causes.

Last week, the Minister of Health, Dr Jane Aceng, told Parliament that Oulanyah’s death was caused by multiple organ failure.

The 56-year-old was admitted to America’s University of Washington medical Centre and President Museveni pronounced him dead through his Twitter handle on March 20.

He was buried last Friday at his Ancestral home in Ayom Lony Village, Jaka Parish, Lalogi Sub-county, Omoro District.

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It should be noted that Uganda Police summoned National Unity Platform (NUP) principal, Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine, the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) vice Chairman for Central Uganda, Godfrey Kiwanda, among others for questioning over alleged claims that the deceased Speaker of the 11th Parliament Jacob Oulanyah was poisoned.

Others police intend to summon include, Dokolo South MP Felix Okot Ogong, Kilak South MP Gilbert Olanya, Northern Uganda based musician Bosmic Otim and Oulanyah’s father Nathan Okori who reiterated during his son’s burial last Friday that he told him that he had been poisoned, among others.

Police spokesperson, Mr Fred Enanga told journalists in Kampala that a file of offensive communication is were prepared at CID headquarters in Kibuli, Kampala.

“From the medical records we have obtained, there was no presence of poison in his (Oulanyah’s) blood system. We want them to provide us with a chain of evidence regarding the poisoning as they allege. The file of offensive communication is ongoing at CID headquarters in Kibuli,” Mr Enanga said during the week police press briefing at Naguru, Kampala.

Mr Okori had at the burial ceremony on Friday, said: “…Jacob Oulanyah was poisoned. He told me. And he was operated on, doctors attempted to deal with the poison. The poison affected his health so badly…he was not in a position to recover. He was too weak.”

Last Tuesday, Dr Aceng told Parliament that Oulanyah’s death was caused by multiple organ failure from cancer.

But like Mr Okori, Mr Kiwanda told journalists at the weekend: “In 2021 when he was too sick, he called me home and I asked ‘what is the problem, Jacob? What is going on?’ He said, ‘I think I was poisoned.’

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“I said ‘But from where?’ and he said ‘I don’t know.’ But he told me ‘don’t tell anyone.’ I said ‘if you are sick, why don’t we share it so that you get medical attention?” Of course, I couldn’t keep quiet so I shared with some people. This allegation [of poisoning] was from him [Oulanyha]. It didn’t originate from the father because he even told it to me,” Mr Kiwanda added.

 

Mr Kyagulanyi yesterday called on the government to expedite investigations into the alleged poisoning of former Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah.

“I went there to pay tribute to the late Jacob but also condole with the family. I did not want to sound insensitive to him but his message of poisoning his son has been loud and clear, so we ask that let the investigations be done faster,” Bobi Wine said yesterday.

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Jolliebest Kasajja is a Ugandan Photo Journalist, Influencer, Photo and Videographer, Nnews Editor and Critic for African Politics.