Ugandan politician and speaker of parliament Jacob L’Okori Oulanyah died Sunday (March. 20) in Seattle at the age of 56, confirmed a statement released via the president’s official Twitter account.
“Countrymen and Countrywomen. It is with a lot of sadness that I announce the death of the Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah, the Speaker of Parliament.” the statement read. “I got information of this sad news at 10.30am, East African time from People that have been with him and the doctor that was caring for him in the intensive care unit.”
His cause of death is unknown at this time.
The statement continued, “He was a good Cadre. I delayed the announcement so that his children would be informed first. May His soul rest in eternal peace.”
Oulanyah was last seen in Parliament in December last year and was flown out of the country to Seattle, Washington in the United States for treatment on February 4.
On March 15, the Deputy Speaker Ms. Anita Among together with the Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo, the Minister of Health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, the Democratic Party president Mr. Nobert Mao and some family members of Oulanyah traveled to the US to check on him.
Ms. Among, on March 18, tweeted saying Oulanyah was receiving and responding to treatment under the close attention of his doctors.
“Let us keep him in prayers for a speedy and complete recovery. I urge the public to respect his privacy and that of the family.”
Let us keep him in prayers for a speedy and complete recovery. I urge the public to respect his privacy and that of the family.
— Anita Annet Among (@AnitahAmong) March 18, 2022
Jacob Oulanyah was elected Speaker of parliament on May 24, 2021, after defeating the former Speaker Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga. He had previously served as Deputy Speaker of the Ugandan parliament, from May 2011 until May 2021. Oulanyah was also a member of parliament for Omoro County constituency, Omoro District, Acholi sub-region, in Uganda’s Northern Region.