KAMPALA – The body of fallen Speaker Jacob Oulanyah has on Wednesday morning been transported from the Parliament where it stayed for a night to Kololo Ceremonial Grounds for a State Funeral.
Oulanyah’s body was returned on Friday from America where he died on March 20, 2022, barely a year in the Speakership.
Here, The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda; His Grace Dr. Kazimba Mugalu will be the main celebrant.
Giving the guidelines earlier, Minister in charge of the Presidency Milly Babalanda said at Kololo, a maximum number of 1,500 persons including Members of the Executive, Members of Parliament, Members of the Judiciary, Foreign Dignitaries, Heads of Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, Family Members and Leaders from Acholi sub-region will access the grounds.
After the Ceremony, at 3.00 pm the casket will be airlifted to Omoro, Lalogi village; the Speaker’s ancestral home where it will be received by the family and Acholi leaders.
There will be a night vigil at the home.
Thursday 7th April 2022 the body will lie at Lalogi for final respects by members of the public.
Friday 8th April 2022, the minister said that the burial ceremony will start at 9.00 am. The day will be observed as a public holiday as declared by H.E. the President.
In conclusion, the public is asked to take note of the following:
1- The National Flag will continue to fly at half-mast up to Friday April 8th the day of Burial.
2- My colleagues the Minister for ICT Information and National Guidance Dr. Chris Baryomunsi and the Police Spokesperson Mr. Fred Enanga will continually update you on all the ongoing activities;
3- All the burial activities will be relayed live on UBC TV and other TV stations with reporters;
4- The Acholi Community will perform the Acholi Burial Dance as requested by the Acholi Paramount Chief and as guided by security;
5- The Minister for Security Hon. Jim Muhwezi will address the nation on security measures being taken to ensure security and safety during this period;
6- Members of the public need to know that the Speaker of Parliament is 3rd in rank in the country’s leadership and he deserves such a befitting burial, which anyway is legally provide for. Therefore, I would draw your attention to the burial activities planned for and agreed upon rather than to dwell on discussing the budgets.
7- The public is accordingly asked to stay united and calm; and to follow the security guidelines to be issued as we observe and celebrate the final journey of our dear friend and colleague.