Gov’t Directs Local Gov’t Heads To Contribute Money For Fallen Speaker Oulanyah’s Burial

Gov’t Directs Local Gov’t Heads To Contribute Money For Fallen Speaker Oulanyah’s Burial

By Ivan Mwine

After parliament passing a budget of Shs1.8Bn as money to be spent on the burial  of fallen Speaker Jacob Oulanyah, the government of Uganda has directed local government heads to also contribute money for the same.

On Tuesday March 29th, 2022, Amos Lugolobi, the State Minister for Planning, presented to parliament the Shs1.8Bn budget which was approved as funds to bankroll Oulanyah’s who is to be accorded a state funeral.

However, on Wednesday, town clerks and Senior Assistant Secretaries woke up to a letter demanding that they contribute money between Shs500,000 and 300,000 towards financing Oulanyah’s burial.

The letter dated march 20th, 2022, addressed to the Town Clerks, Senior Assistant Secretaries, written  by  Alex Chelimo, the Chief Administrative Officer, reads in part thus;

 CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS THEH BURIAL ARRANGEMENT OF LATE RT.HON. SPEAKER OF THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA JACOB OULANYAH

Reference is made to the resolution of the 1st planning meeting for burial arrangements conducted 22nd March 2022 in honour of the late Speaker of Parliament the Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah where it was resolved that lower local governments contribute towards the burial arrangement of the late Speaker.

The purpose of this letter is to request all Town Councils to make a  minimum contribution of UGX500,000 (Five Hundred Thousand Shillings) and Sub-Counties UGX 300,000 (Three Hundred Thousand shillings) respectively.

This contribution should be separate from the current community contribution being made and be channeled to the CFO.

Treat this with the urgency it deserves”

The letter is copied to the District Chairperson, the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) and Chairpersons Urban Council/LC III Chairpersons.

It should be noted that the body of Oulanyah, who passed away on Sunday March 20th, 2022at a health facility in Seattle, USA, is set to be returned to Uganda on Friday April 1st, 2022, ahead of being laid to rest at his ancestral home in  Omoro District.

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