The Deputy Speaker of Parliament Anita Among has said that the
absence of Speaker Jacob Oulanyah has not created a vacuum.
Among was on Wednesday afternoon responding to inquiries by a section of
Members of Parliament on the whereabouts of Speaker Oulanyah.
Oulanyah was in May elected Speaker of Parliament and last presided over the
10th June sitting in which the financial year 2021/2022 Budget was read at
Kololo Independence Grounds. His absence from the public has continued to raise
speculation with several media reports indicating that he had tested positive
There were also reports that he was allegedly transported to
Entebbe International Airport in an ambulance and carried on a stretcher to the
plane that evacuated him from Uganda.
Joseph Ssewungu, the Kalungu West MP raised a procedural matter saying that MPs
have a right to know the fate of the Head of the Institution.
“I am tired of being on radio and MPs haven’t got an answer about the
whereabouts of the Speaker. We want to know, what is the fate of the Speaker?
We are 529 MPs… even if he is down we must know that he is down, but none of us
is coming out to give the public information,” Ssewungu said.
He appealed to the Speaker to provide answers to parliament on Oulanyah’s
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Gilbert Olanya, the Kilak South MP also noted that the Speaker’s absence was
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Among said that there was no vacuum in the institution and requested MPs to proceed
with other serious business on the Order Paper.
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This is the second time Among is issuing a statement regarding Oulanyah’s
absence. Last month, she explained that between her and the Speaker, they
established a working schedule where the two principles chair the house for two
She said that after two months, Oulanyah will be taking charge. Among also
dismissed reports that Oulanyah was sick, saying he is totally fine but was
simply on leave.
The Director of Communications and Public Affairs at Parliament, Chris Obore,
said that the Speaker travelled to see one of his children in the United
“He travelled to the UK, but this is in no way related to sickness or anything,
but to see his son whom he had not seen in a long time,” Obore said.
Going by the schedule highlighted by Among, Oulanyah is expected to start
chairing the house in August.