By Uganda Online Media
Kampala: It’s a somber mood in the parliament of Uganda and the entire country after Speaker Jacob Oulanyah passed on in Seattle in the United States where he has been admitted since early last month. This has been confirmed by president Museveni in a tweet saying he got information on this sad news at 10.30 am.
According to Museveni, Oulanyah died at 10.30 am East African time from People that have been with him and the doctor that was caring for him in the intensive care unit but he delayed the announcement so that his children would be informed first.
But Here Is What You Need To Know About Late Jacob Oulanyah
Born on March 23, 1965, to Nathan L’okori and Karen Atwon in the then Gulu district, Oulanyah attended St.Joseph’s College Layibi, Dr.Obote College Boroboro, and Kololo Senior Secondary School for his O and A level education.
In 1988, he joined Makerere University where he studied agricultural economics and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1991.
In 1991, he joined law school at Makerere University, graduating in 1994 with a Bachelor of Laws degree, having earlier served as speaker of the students’ guild at the university.
He joined Law Development Centre in 1995 and obtained a postgraduate diploma in legal practice but later worked as a lecturer at LDC.
During the same time, Oulanyah began private law practice at Oulanyah, Onoria & Company Advocates, and in 2001, he entered elective politics when he was elected as the Omoro County Member of Parliament as an Uganda People’s Congress cardholder whereas the country was still in the movement political system.
Oulanyah also participated in the peace talks between the Ugandan government and Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army rebels.
In 2006, standing as a UPC candidate, Oulanyah was trounced in Omoro County, and later that year, he quit UPC to join the ruling NRM party.
In 2011, he was re-elected as Omoro County MP in the ninth parliament on the NRM ticket and was later elected as Deputy Speaker of Parliament.
He was in the January 2021 parliament election re-elected as Omoro County MP and later in May that year, he was elected as Speaker of Parliament.
Jacob Oulanyah was married to Winnie Amoo Okot before the pair acquired divorce in 2016.
They have two kids together who stay with their mom in San Diego, California, after shedding custody of the kids because of the divorce.