By Ivan Mwine
The Speaker of the 11th Parliament Jacob Lokoli Oulanyah has finally spoken out, assuring his voters, legislators and all Ugandans that he is still alive and healthy.
Oulanyah’s assurance comes after weeks of speculations about his health condition following his lengthy absence from parliament, where business was being handled by his deputy Hon. Anita Among.
News of his absence was orchestrated by Kalungu County West MP Gonzanga Ssewungu, who tasked Among to explain Oulanyah’s whereabouts after it was observed that he was consistently not chairing parliamentary sittings.
He last presided over Parliament at the reading of the 2021/2022 financial year Budget at Kololo Independence Grounds immediately after his election as Speaker of Parliament.
To end the speculations about his health condition however, Oulanyah assured all Ugandans today while at parliament that he is alive, well and ready to undertake his duties as Speaker.
Oulanyah returned from the United Kingdom on Friday after over one month in what Parliament says was a private visit to check on his family.
Speaking on phone to URN, Oulanyah, who is currently at his home in Muyenga, said that there should be no worry because he is totally okay.
Asked about his health condition, Oulanyah said that he is alive and well.
He said that there have been several concerns on social media about his health, and yet he is doing fine.
It should however be noted that this is the first time Oulanyah has spoken to the media following concerns about his health.
“It has been too much on social media, but I am fine,” Oulanyah said, adding that; “I know this call is to confirm that I am still alive because there have been all those reports that I am sick, others saying I have died.”
We have however learnt that although many people want to visit him, sources close to Oulanyah reveal that he is not welcoming visitors at the moment because of COVID-19 and that official communication about when he will start receiving visitors shall be communicated at a later date.
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