By Prossy S Will Updated at 1217 GMT on 25th May 21
KOLOLO- Members of the 11th Uganda Parliament on Monday elected Jacob Oulanya as new speaker of Parliament.
Shortly after his election, Oulanya said “I want to thank the President and the Chief Justice for today. All the arms of government are here. We stand today and deliver for our people,”
He noted “There were some issues that went beyond. I pledge not to hold a grudge against anybody. Iam not a vindictive person. That is not my nature. To those I could have offended, I apologize and ask your forgiveness.”
The new Speaker also said “I want to thank madam Rt Hon Rebecca A Kadaga for her leadership in Parliament, around the country and internationally. She has been elected to positions that bring honour to Parliament and Uganda.”
Uganda’s President, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who was also in person to monitor the election said “I congratulate mama Kadaga on her birthday but is also the anniversary when Obote’s people attacked the Kabaka in Lubiri. So it is more serious than her birthday. Us being here seeing a peaceful change of leadership on Parliament is good.”
Jacob L’Okori Oulanyah is a Ugandan agricultural economist, lawyer and politician, who serves as the Speaker of the 11th Parliament of Uganda (2021 – 2026). He was elected to that position on 24 May 2021, after defeating the former Speaker Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga.
He served as Deputy Speaker of the Ugandan parliament, from May 2011 until May 2021. Oulanyah
The Right Honourable, Speaker of the Uganda Parliament …Background and educationHe was born in the 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, the oldest university in the East African Community, where he studied agricultural economics. He graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts in that subject. That same year, he entered law school, also at Makerere University, graduating in 1994 with a Bachelor of Laws degree. He served as speaker of the university students’ guild during his stay at Makerere. In 1995, he attended the Law Development Centre (LDC), where he obtained a postgraduate diploma in legal practice.CareerFollowing his graduation from the LDC, Oulanyah worked as a lecturer at the centre. During the same timeframe, he began private law practice at the law firm of Oulanyah, Onoria & Company Advocates.
In 2001, he entered politics by successfully contesting for the parliamentary seat of Omoro County, the then Gulu District under the no-party system also known as the Movement Political System. He was however a cardholder of the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC). He also participated in the peace talks between the government of Uganda and the Lord’s Resistance Armyrebels.
In 2006, standing as a UPC candidate, he lost his re-election bid. In July 2006, he quit the UPC and joined the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM). In 2008 he served as the chairman of the commission of inquiry into the controversial sub-lease of Kisekka Market, one of the municipal markets in the city of Kampala. In March 2011, Oulanyah was elected to represent Omoro County then in Gulu District, in the Ninth Parliament, this time on the NRM ticket. He was elected as Deputy Speaker of Parliament on 19 May 2011.Following the February 2016 general election, Oulanyah was re-elected as Deputy Speaker of Parliament on 19 May 2016.
In the vote, conducted by secret ballot, he received 300 votes, while Muhammad Nsereko received 115. On 13 July 2019, Oulanyah was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Divinity by Zoe Life Theological College USA and acquired the title, Doctor enabling him be called Rt. Hon. Dr. Jacob L. Oulanyah
Besides his duties as Deputy Speaker of Parliament, he sits on the following parliamentary committees:Appointments Committee – The Committee reviews all Cabinet appointments by the President and may approve or reject an appointment: The Deputy Speaker is the vice chairperson of that committee.