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Kadaga: I Had a Good Working Relationship With Jacob Oulanyah; I Discovered He Was Sick By Accident

Kadaga lays a wreath on the casket containing Oulanyah's body

Former speaker of parliament Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga has reiterated that she had a good working relationship with Jacob Oulanyah, her former deputy, but it was by accident that she learnt that the former Omoro County MP was sick. 

In May 2021, Kadaga lost to her hitherto deputy Oulanyah in the speaker race. (Read Story Here).

Oulanyah had been Kadaga’s deputy for 10 years.

She was later appointed first deputy prime minister and minister for East African Community Affairs. (Read Story Here).

Last week, Kadaga stepped at Parliament for the first time since she lost the speaker election to Oulanyah (Read Story Here).

And on April 05, speaking during a special sitting of parliament convened to pay tribute to Oulanyah, Kadaga, who is also the deputy prime minister and minister for East African Affairs, said she and Oulanyah had a good working relationship.

But she revealed that she discovered that Oulanyah was sick by accident.

“We had a good working relationship with the late Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah,” said Kadaga.

“It was in 2019 that I also realized that Hon Jacob was not well. It happened by accident and I was looking for him because we were approaching Christmas recess and there were some items I was looking for on the order paper.”

She added: “Hon Oulanyah wouldn’t stay for long in the country. He was always in and out [of the country to seek treatment]. He was struggling, but he was always trying to fulfill his obligation regardless.”

Kadaga went on to say that she informed President Museveni that Oulanyah was not well and needed treatment.

The former speaker also noted that Oulanyah spearheaded the enactment of the the copyright law and that the best way to honor the fallen speaker would be to ensure the enforcement of the law.

Speaker Oulanyah died on March 20. (Read Story Here).

Oulanyah’s body was returned on April 01 amidst tears at the Entebbe International Airport. (Read Story Here).

The former speaker’s body was taken to his home in Muyenga, Kampala, on April 03. (Read Story Here).

A special sitting to pay tribute to Oulanyah is currently ongoing. (Read Story Here).

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