Rt Hon. Martin Ngoga, Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), has paid tribute to former Speaker Jacob Oulanyah, describing him as a “great leader with great potential.”
“His political potential as a citizen and a leader was cut short at the age of 56, but he achieved a lot for the country and the East African area in the short time he lived,” Ngoga added.
On March 28, 2022, Ngoga addressed journalists after signing the condolence book in Parliament.
Parliament Speaker Anita Among and her deputy, Thomas Tayebwa, welcomed Ngoga and four EALA representatives, Hon. George Odongo, Rose Akol, James Kakooza, and Mary Mugyenyi.
Ngoga stated that he had hoped to work with Oulanyah as a member of the Speaker’s Bureau, but that has not been the case.
“We appreciate the leadership of parliament and the government’s efforts to save Jacob’s life. “You tried everything you could to get him treated, but the timing was not in our favor,” Ngoga added.
He also expressed his delight in working with Among and Tayebwa, congratulating them on their election.
“We appreciate how well the election went. “We must continue to serve these institutions, which are critical to our country and people,” he said.
He stated that the Ugandan Parliament has been a strong supporter of EALA’s agenda, and that the Assembly has a unique relationship with Uganda.
“This was the case with the previous administration, and I believe it will be even stronger under the new administration,” Ngoga added.
The EALA leadership was praised for their support for the Ugandan Parliament.
“We appreciate you taking the time to visit us during this difficult time. It is better to go where there is grieving than where there is celebration, according to the Bible,” Among remarked.
She also promised to continue promoting the Ubuntu ethos of unity, which Oulanyah was passionate about.
“Jacob is sorely missed. He was a legend, a man of integrity and intelligence. In this institution, he knew exactly what he intended to do. He desired to establish this organization. “We did all humanly possible as a country and as a Parliament to save him,” she said.
On Sunday, March 20, 2022, Oulanyah died in Seattle, Washington, United States of America (USA). The body of Oulanyah is scheduled to be returned to his family this week. The APO Group distributed this document on behalf of the Ugandan Parliament.