The Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo and the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Anita Among have left the country to visit hospitalized Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah in theUnited States of America (USA)
The duo left the country yesterday evening through the Entebbe International Airport and set to arrive in the US on today Wednesday.
Plenary on Tuesday afternoon was held for just 30 minutes before Deputy Speaker Among adjourned the house to a later date, leaving the legislators wondering why some items on the order paper were left untouched.
This has been confirm by the Parliament Spokesperson Chris Obore but said that Among and the chief justice’s travel to the US were on schedule.
“First of all the plenary was not cut short, the travel of the deputy speaker was a scheduled travel because there was not much business in the house,” Obore said.
“The issue of her traveling to the US, I have seen social media with all sorts of angles but no, checking on a patient is something usual, and there is no patient whose family, friends, and relatives do not visit,” Obore added.
Obore said that the deputy speaker was scheduled to visit her boss but today’s plenary had to happen.
“About the chief justice, of all the friends that I have known of the Speaker Jacob, Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny Dollo is one of the closest friends I know. So if the friend is going to see a friend who is hospitalized, it should not raise speculations,” he added.
“I confirm, that the speaker has gone to see her boss, first of all, to know his condition and may be brief him about what has so far been handled in the house,” Obore added.
However other sources revealed that the duo was joined by Francis Emuna, supportive staff at Parliament and biological brother to Speaker Oulanyah.
Speaker Oulanyah last chaired Parliament on November 24, 2021. He left Uganda on a chartered Uganda Airlines Flight UR 2, plane registration number 5x-NIL, and has been away since then.
Reports from Social media started speculating that the speaker’s health, who has been hospitalized in the US since February 3, 2022, might have further deteriorated.