By Ivan Mwine
Today April 5th, 2022, late Speaker Jacob Oulanyah, who passed away on March 20th, in Seattle, USA, is lying in state at the parliament of Uganda, ahead of his burial slated for Friday.
However, mourners, among them Members of Parliament, government officials, dignitaries and common Ugandans have observed with chagrin, the conspicuous absence of his former wife Lady Winnie Amoo Okot and his daughters.
Oulanyah, who was Speaker of parliament for only 11 months, is set to spend the night at the august house, after which his remains will be taken to Kololo Independence Grounds for the public to pay last respects to him.
On Thursday the body will be driven to Oulanyah’s ancestral home in Omoro district on in time for burial preparations.
However, although by now Lady Winnie, who is based in America, is expected to have flown into the country with his two daughters, they are nowhere to be seen, something that has left many mourners wondering whether she will attend the burial or not.
It should be noted that so far, Oulanyah’s children from his late wife are the only ones who have so far turned up for the funeral, leaving many people wondering where Lady Winnie or the daughters she produced with him are.
It should however be noted that Lady Winnie, who divorced Oulanyah in 2016, has since gotten married to an American identified as Derek Allison, for whom she produced a son, whom she is raising with Oulanyah’s daughters.
Oulanyah, holding the National Resistance Movement (NRM) flag and enjoying President Yoweri Museveni’s support, defeated Kadaga, who had been speaker since 2011, on May 24th, 2021 to become the Speaker of the 11th parliament.
On that day, Kadaga, who has perhaps his biggest nemesis on earth, lost 310 votes against 197 in a House of 529 members.