VIDEO AND PHOTOS: Speaker Oulanyah body arrives in Uganda

Speaker Oulanyah body arrived at Entebbe International Airport aboard Ethiopian Airlines on Friday afternoon

ENTEBBE –The body of former Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah has finally been returned to the country, nearly two weeks after his passing in the United States.

The body arrived aboard an Ethiopian Airlines Airbus A350 which landed at Entebbe International Airport few minutes to 2pm.

At the airport, the body was received by several government officials including Vice President Hon Jessica Alupo, Speaker of Parliament Hon Anita Among, her deputy Hon Thomas Tayebwa, the Chief Justice Alphonse Owiny-Dollo, among other officials.

Also at the airport was former Vice President of Uganda Hon Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, Ministers Chris Baryomunsi, Okello Oryem, Milly Babalanda, several MPs among other officials.

The reception also included a tradition ceremony complete with performances of Acholi traditional dances.

After being deplaned at 2:30pm, the body will be taken straight to the report’s VVIP section, from where the A Plus Funeral Management took over.

Recently, the Minister in charge of the Presidency Milly Babalanda released the full burial program for the Late Oulanyah.

Sunday 3rd and Monday 4th April at 9.00 am the body will lie at the home of the Speaker in Muyenga where friends and well-wishers will pay their last respects. There will be a small service conducted and attended by a few people on Sunday.

The program indicates that Tuesday 5th April 2022 at 9.00 am the body will be moved to the Parliament of Uganda where Speaker Anita Among will lead the Members of Parliament to pay their final respects.

“The body will spend the night in Parliament.”

Wednesday 6th April 2022 at 9.00 am the body will be taken to Kololo Ceremonial Grounds for a State Funeral.

“His Excellency the President of the Republic of Uganda and NRM National Chairman will lead the nation in paying tribute to the late Speaker of Parliament.”

The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda; His Grace Dr. Kazimba Mugalu will be the main celebrant.

Here, a maximum number of 1,500 persons including Members of the Executive, Members of Parliament, Members of the Judiciary, Foreign Dignitaries, Heads of Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, Family Members and Leaders from Acholi sub-region will access the grounds.

After the Ceremony, at 3.00 pm the casket will be airlifted to Omoro, Lalogi village; the Speaker’s ancestral home where it will be received by the family and Acholi leaders.

There will be a night vigil at the home.

Thursday 7th April 2022 the body will lie at Lalogi for final respects by members of the public.

Friday 8th April 2022, the minister said that the burial ceremony will start at 9.00 am. The day will be observed as a public holiday as declared by H.E. the President.

In conclusion, the public is asked to take note of the following:

1- The National Flag will continue to fly at half-mast up to Friday April 8th the day of Burial.

2- My colleagues the Minister for ICT Information and National Guidance Dr. Chris Baryomunsi and the Police Spokesperson Mr. Fred Enanga will continually update you on all the ongoing activities;

3- All the burial activities will be relayed live on UBC TV and other TV stations with reporters;

4- The Acholi Community will perform the Acholi Burial Dance as requested by the Acholi Paramount Chief and as guided by security;

5- The Minister for Security Hon. Jim Muhwezi will address the nation on security measures being taken to ensure security and safety during this period;

6- Members of the public need to know that the Speaker of Parliament is 3rd in rank in the country’s leadership and he deserves such a befitting burial, which anyway is legally provide for. Therefore, I would draw your attention to the burial activities planned for and agreed upon rather than to dwell on discussing the budgets.

7- The public is accordingly asked to stay united and calm; and to follow the security guidelines to be issued as we observe and celebrate the final journey of our dear friend and colleague.

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