The Speaker of Parliament, Jacob L’Okori Oulanyah, whose death President Museveni announced on afternoon 20th/03/2022 three days to his birthday has been described as a cadre, Ugandan agricultural economist, lawyer and politician.
He served as the Speaker of the 11th Parliament having been elected into the position on 24 May 2021, after defeating former Speaker Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga.
Who Was Oulanyah? His Background:
Born on March, 23, 1965 to Nathan L’okori and Karen Atwon in the then Gulu district, Oulanyah attended St.Joseph’s College Layibi, Dr.Obote College Boroboro and Kololo Senior Secondary School for his O and A level education.
In 1988, he joined Makerere University where he studied agricultural economics and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1991.
In 1991, he joined law school at Makerere University, graduating in 1994 with a Bachelor of Laws degree, having earlier served as speaker of the students’ guild at the university.
He joined Law Development Centre in 1995 and obtained a postgraduate diploma in legal practice but later worked as a lecturer at LDC.
During the same time, Oulanyah began private law practice at Oulanyah, Onoria & Company Advocates and in 2001, he entered elective politics when he was elected as the Omoro County Member of Parliament as a Uganda People’s Congress cardholder whereas the country was still in the movement political system.
Oulanyah also participated in the peace talks between the Ugandan government and Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army rebels.
In 2006, standing as a UPC candidate, Oulanyah was trounced in Omoro County and later that year, he quit UPC to join the ruling NRM party.
In 2011, he was re-elected as Omoro County MP in the ninth parliament on the NRM ticket and was later elected as Deputy Speaker of Parliament.
In 2015 he divorced with his wife Amoo and the story of Divorce Petition No. 49 of 2015, filed by Omoro County Councillor Oulanyah in the Family Chamber of the Kampala High Court on July 22.
Amoo confirmed seeing the petition however denied allegations of abusing Oulanyah’s eldest children and causing him to be emotionally low. Instead, she said she felt pressured to care for her family alone in the United States.
“When I went back to the US to finish my studies and get my citizenship, Oulanyah chose to have my kids study in the US because education there was free. He was paying up to $18,000 a year for his traditional international school in Kampala,” he said. Amoo said.
In 2015 after his failed marriage with Winnie Amoo, Oulanyah was advised to Take time, choose Study the family background and talk to. These things of falling in love at first sight don’t work, the wedding ring is the smallest handcuff, choose your prison mate properly
Oulanyah who also doubled as the Omoro County MP in Omoro District May 24, 2021 polled ahead of former Speaker Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga to become Speaker.