Today, 20th March, marks exactly one year after the former Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah, was pronounced dead by doctors at the University of Washington Medical Centre in the US Pacific Northwest coastal city of Seattle, where he had been hospitalised for more than two months.

Upon his death, the Minister for Health, Jane Ruth Aceng, revealed that the immediate cause of death of Oulanyah, was multiple organ failure. The current speaker of parliament, Among made the revelation on her official twitter account, said it was time for Parliament “to have a debate on the Uganda we want” in honour of Oulanyah’s legacy.

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The late Hon Jacob Oulanyah became the Deputy Speaker of Parliament on 19th May 2011.

He Represented Omoro County constituency, Omoro District, Acholi Sub-region in Northern Uganda.

He was born in Omoro, then Gulu district on 23 March 1965.

He attended St. Joseph’s College LayibiDr. Obote College Boroboro, and Kololo Senior Secondary School for his O-Level and A-Level education.

In 1988, he joined Makerere University where he studied agricultural economics and graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts.

That same year, Oulanya entered law school, at Makerere University, graduating in 1994 with a Bachelor of Law degree.

He served as speaker of the university students’ guild during his stay at Makerere.

In March 2011, Oulanyah was elected the second time to represent Omoro, in the 9th Parliament and was elected Deputy Speaker of Parliament on 19 May 2011.

After 2016, General Elections, Oulanyah was re-elected as Deputy Speaker of Parliament on 19 May 2016 after beating independent Muhamadh Nsereko.

Oulanyah was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Divinity by Zoe Life Theological College USA.

Before he died, he had been the speaker of parliament after winning Rebecca kadaga in 2021