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Elders from the Acholi tribe will gather again to discuss the alleged poisoning of Oulanyah.

This week, elders in the Acholi Sub-region will meet again to determine the exact reason of former Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah’s death.

The problems come from assertions that Oulanyah was poisoned, first stated by Oulanyah’s father Nathan Okori and later by the National Resistance Movement’s (NRM) central region head, Mr Godfrey Kiwanda.

The government, on the other hand, has questioned and threatened to imprison people making poisoning charges, claiming Oulanyah died of natural causes.
On March 20, Oulanyah, 56, was hospitalized to the University of Washington Medical Center in America and proclaimed dead. Last Friday, he was laid to rest in his ancestral home in Omoro District.

Mr Francis Mawa, the Prime Minister of Puranga chiefdom, claimed in an interview with this publication yesterday that the post-mortem report he viewed had the same information as that presented by Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, the Health Minister, that Oulanyah died of natural causes.

Mr Mawa stated, “Even I, whom he [Okori] sent to receive the deceased body [from Entebbe International Airport on his behalf two weeks ago], I tried to ask him [Okori] about the claims of poisoning, but he replied it is the communication from late Jacob.”

Mr Okori, according to the Prime Minister of Puranga, has not told him whether Oulanyah divulged who poisoned him.

“Because Dr [Jane] Aceng [the Health Minister] is like a sister to the late [Oulanyah], she told us that the doctor [in Seattle] diagnosed the same thing as the post-mortem report.” Because there is no evidence, it is difficult to confirm the claims of poisoning,” he stated.

“We are going to convene a closed-door meeting after three days, and in that meeting, we are going to invite elders, and the venue will not be at mzee’s [Okori’s] place because he is not himself at this time,” he added.

According to Bazzup, one elder based in America opted out of the explosive talks that took place on Saturday, which included key figures from the Acholi Sub-region, including Chief Justice Owiny-Dollo and Democratic Party president Norbert Mao.

“…Jacob Oulanyah was poisoned,” Mr Okori said at the Friday burial ceremony. He informed me. Doctors attempted to deal with the poison by operating on him. The toxin had such a negative impact on his health… He couldn’t get back on his feet. He was really too frail.”

He also asked Chief Justice to take action against a “particular lady who is medalling in Oulanyah’s company and private property.”

Dr. Aceng told Parliament last Tuesday that Oulanyah died of cancer-related multiple organ failure.

Mr Kiwanda, like Mr Okori, told media at the weekend: “In 2021, when he was too sick to go to work, he called me home and I asked, ‘What is the problem, Jacob?’ ‘What exactly is going on?’ ‘I believe,’ he said.

“But from where?” I inquired. ‘I don’t know,’ he replied. ‘But don’t tell anyone,’ he said. ‘If you’re sick, why don’t we share it so you can receive medical help?’ I said. Of course, I couldn’t keep my mouth shut, so I told a few folks.

This [poisoning] accusation came from him [Oulanyha]. Mr Kiwanda said, “It didn’t come from the father since he told me about it.”

When asked about the situation, Police spokesperson Fred Enanga assured this newspaper yesterday that he will keep the public informed as soon as possible.


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