Before his demise, Oulanyah had through his effort secured bursaries for over 100 students at Seroma Christian High School in Mukono, while several other students including his own biological children are pursuing professional courses overseas.
Parliament have agreed to contribute Shillings 540 million to support Jacob Oulanyah
Education Trust Fund to uphold the legacy of the fallen Speaker who succumbed to lymphoma cancer.
Oulanyah died from a hospital in Seattle, USA on March 20th, 2022 after serving less
than 10 months in office. He becomes the first the first serving speaker to die
while in office in Uganda’s history.
his demise, Oulanyah had through his efforts secured bursaries for over 100
students at Seroma Christian High School in Mukono, while several other students including his own biological children are pursuing professional courses overseas.
addressing mourners at the national vigil for the fallen Speaker at Kololo Ceremonial
Grounds in Kampala on Wednesday, the Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among Annet
disclosed that the lawmakers resolved to support the initiative.
in: “And we made a…
Cue out… not as Parliament.”//
On Tuesday. the chambers of Parliament was jam-packed to
capacity as legislators, former lawmakers, and foreign diplomats paid glowing
tribute to Oulanyah, 56, who died after spending only 9 months at the helm of
The day-long special sitting described the deceased as an intelligent,
distinctive character, an astute God fearing leader of his time who unified the
country, inspired both the young, and blended with the opposition.
The Chief Justice, Alfonse Chigamoi Owiny-Dollo revealed that
Fund has been set up to educate the former speaker’s children and others whose
future depended on him, adding that he will chair the Fund himself to ensure transparency
in: “This Fund has…
Cue out… of their achievements.”//
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who was the chief mourner at the vigil pledged
Government support to ensure the Trust Fund achieves its intended objectives in memory of Oulanyah's legacy.
Dr. Jackson Orem, the
Executive Director of Uganda Cancer Institute - UCI who led a 15-member team of
health professionals to manage Oulanyah’s health at the time of his ailment
pointed out that the deceased became too busy with parliamentary business that
he paid less time for his health.
Oulanyah was diagnosed
with cancer in 2019. A year later, he traversed Northern Uganda while
canvassing votes to retain his Omoro County seat, and contesting for Speaker
and the National Vice Chairperson of National Resistance Movement – NRM Party.
The Late Speaker is slated to be laid to rest in his ancestral home in Omoro
District on Friday April 8.
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.