The Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament, Rt. His Excellency Jacob Oulanyah is dead, President Museveni said on Sunday, March 20, 2021.

Oulanyah who spent months battling an undisclosed illness has died in Seattle, US where he has been hospitalized since February 3, 2022.

His death came after numerous reports that the speaker had died last week, which government officials later denied were false and Fake News.

However, in a tweet on Sunday, March 20, the President of Uganda announced Oulanyah's death after ending speculation about his condition.

Oulanyah last appeared in Parliament in December 2021 and at the time, he was in office only a few times, including the passing of the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) Bill, which allowed mid-year access to membership savings.

The Member of Parliament for Omoro Constituency (Omoro Region) was elected Speaker on May 24, 2021, after defeating former Speaker Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga. He served as Deputy Speaker of Parliament from May 2011 until May 2021.

Jacob L'Okori Oulanyah was born on March 23, 1965, in the then Gulu District, to Nathan L'okori and Karen Atwon.

He attended St Joseph’s College Layibi, Dr Obote College Boroboro, and Kololo Senior Secondary School with his O-Level and A-Level education.

In 1988, he joined Makerere University, the oldest university in the East African Community, where he studied agricultural economics. He graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts in that subject before entering law school at Makerere University and graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor of Laws degree.

He worked as a spokeswoman for a university student organization while living in Makerere.

In 1995, he attended the Law Development Center (LDC), where he obtained a postgraduate diploma in law practice.

After graduating from LDC, Oulanyah worked as a lecturer at the institute. At the same time, he began working as a law firm for Oulanyah, Onoria & Company Advocates.

1n 2001, he entered politics by successfully running for parliament in Omoro County, Gulu region at the time under a non-partisan system also known as the Movement Political System. However he was the owner of the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) card. He also took part in peace talks between the Ugandan government and rebels in the Lord’s Resistance Army.

In 2006, standing as a member of the UPC, he lost his bid for re-election. In July 2006, he resigned from the UPC and joined the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM).

In 2008 he served as chair of the commission of inquiry into the lease of Kisekka market which is one of the municipal markets in the city of Kampala.

In March 2011, Oulanyah was elected to represent the then Omoro Region in the Gulu District, Ninth Parliament, this time on the NRM ticket. He was elected Deputy Speaker of Parliament on May 19, 2011.

Following the February 2016 general election, Oulanyah was re-elected as Deputy Speaker of Parliament on May 19, 2016. In a secret ballot, he received 300 votes, and Muhammad Nsereko received 115 votes.

On July 13, 2019, Oulanyah was awarded the Doctorate of Divinity Award by Zoe Life Theological College of the USA and received the title, Doctor who made him named Rt. Honorable. Dr. Jacob L. Oulanyah.

Jacob Oulanyah Wife and Family

Jacob Oulanyah has no spouse and is currently single. He was previously married to Lady Winnie Amoo Okot, but the couple divorced in 2016.

They have two children together, living with their mother in San Diego, California, after being granted custody of their children due to divorce.

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