Members of Parliament have committed to contribute Shillings 554 million to support the Jacob Oulanyah Education Trust Fund. This, according to legislators, is intended to uphold the legacy of the former speaker.
While addressing mourners at the state funeral for the late Jacob Oulanyah at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds in Kampala on Wednesday, the Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among Annet however noted that this was a commitment made by MPs but not parliament as an institution.
Oulanyah died from a hospital in Seattle, USA on March 20th, 2022 where he had been rushed after getting critically ill.
Oulanyah who had spent just nine months in the chair, became the first serving speaker of Parliament to die while in office in Uganda’s history.
Medical reports from Seattle confirmed he succumbed to lymphoma cancer.
Before his demise, Oulanyah had through his efforts secured bursaries for over 100 students at Seroma Christian High School in Mukono, while several other students including his own biological children were pursuing professional courses overseas.
The Chief Justice, Alfonse Owiny-Dollo who also doubles as director of the fund, revealed that it had been set up to educate the former speaker’s children and others whose future depended on him. He also assured mourners that as chair of the fund, he will ensure transparency and accountability.
During the funeral at Kololo President Yoweri Museveni who was the chief mourner, pledged Government’s support to ensure the Trust Fund achieves its intended objectives in memory of Oulanyah’s legacy.
At the time of his death, Jacob Oulanyah was the Omoro County MP, Speaker of 11th Parliament and the Vice Chairperson of National Resistance Movement (NRM) Party in charge of Northern Uganda.
After the funeral at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds, Oulanyah’s body was airlifted to Omoro District where it will be kept until burial on Friday April 8,2022.