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MPs got a last-minute look at the body.

Members of Parliament (MPs) who attended prayers at the Kololo Ceremonial Grounds in Kampala yesterday were allowed to see the late Jacob Oulanyah’s remains.

Ms Milly Babirye Babalanda, Minister for the Presidency and head of the national organising committee in charge of Oulanyah’s burial, made the announcement at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds.

“The Rt Honorable Speaker of Parliament (Ms Anita Among) has informed me that the family has agreed to enable honorable Members of Parliament to examine the body,” Ms Babalanda stated.

Ms Winnie Amoo, Oulanyah’s divorced wife, had commented on Facebook hours earlier: “What is a wake or vigil without witnessing [a body]?” “M7 za[a]bu!” exclaims M7.
Following President Museveni’s speech at the ceremonial grounds, MPs were allowed to examine the former Speaker’s body.

Following the announcement, the A-Plus funeral management staff delicately removed the flag draped over the casket before removing its cap panel.

MPs then formed a line and took turns taking short peek at the body.
Other invited guests, including clergy, had a final glimpse at Oulanyah’s body as well.

After the viewing, the body was deposited in a hearse and led by a convoy to Kyambogo University’s playground, where it was airlifted to Lalogi in Omoro District, where it would be buried tomorrow, a public holiday.

During a special meeting of Parliament on Tuesday to honor Oulanyah, Ms Christine Nandagire, the Bukomansimbi North MP, begged Speaker Among, who was presiding over the session, to enable them to see the body of the deceased.
During the sitting, the casket was placed inside Parliament’s chambers.

Ms. Among responded briefly, saying she had viewed the body on their behalf.

During the night vigil where Oulanyah’s body was kept overnight in the House, a few legislators were heard discussing in hushed tones that they should have been allowed to see his body [either during the special sitting or vigil]. They reasoned that this would have been a fitting manner to say their final goodbyes to the departed.

Dr Chris Baryomunsi, the Information, Communications and Technology minister who also serves as the government spokesperson, told the Daily Monitor yesterday morning (before the Kololo ceremony) that a group of MPs had requested to see the body before burial, which his family members eventually granted.

Oulanyah died at the age of 56 in the United States where he had been referred for further cancer treatment.
At the time of his death, he was serving as Speaker of the 11th Parliament and the Omoro County MP.



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