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By Joel Mugabi

Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah has this afternoon resumed chairing parliamentary sittings after a long absence during which his deputy Anita Annet Among took charge of the legislative arm of government for two months.

Oulanyah returned to the country about three weeks ago, putting an end to speculation on his health as tabloids claimed he was very ill. The Omoro County MP has presided over Parliament for the first time since he chaired the June 10, 2021 sitting for the reading of the 2021/2022 financial year Budget at Kololo Independence Grounds days after his election to replace his hitherto boss Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga as Speaker.

When he came to chair plenary today, Oulanyah officially introduced and welcomed new Clerk to Parliament Adolf Mwesige who Museveni appointed to replace the long-serving Jane Kibirige in a shakeup of permanent secretaries.

Oulanyah also led the House to observe a moment of silence in honor of fallen NRA bush war fighter Lt Gen Pecos Kutesa and Deputy Police Chief Maj Gen Paul Lokech, who both died last week. While Kutesa was laid to rest in Kabula, Lyantonde on Sunday, Lokech will be buried in Pader this Friday, according to a tentative funeral program released by the Uganda Police Force (UPF). Yesterday, Oulanyah visited the fallen police boss’ home in Kira Division to condole with the family.

In his communication at the start of today’s sitting, Speaker Oulanyah challenged the MPs to hold a debate on the Uganda they want and wish for their constituents. “I want a debate where members will come and speak their lungs out remembering the people who sent them here,” he explained.

He also made it clear to the members that he was tired of listening to childish speeches in the august house. Oulanyah even vowed to block MPs who have made it a habit to speak without facts, adding that it would not be business as usual in the 11th Parliament as long as he was the boss.

“You will not speak if you have not done research; it must be evidence based. The era of gambling with speeches is over. Let us do research; the era of throwing figures and statistics whose sources are us is over,” he said. “We want when people read the Hansard, it is read as a document that can be quoted by researchers. Let us work, the society is watching and watching keenly what we are going to do. They are waiting.”(For comments on this story, call, text or whatsapp us on 0705579994, 0779411734, 0200900416 or email us at




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