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The government has finally released the funds for Oulanyah’s funeral.

Chris Obore, the Director of Communication and Public Affairs at Parliament, has announced that the government has finally released Shs1.2 billion to the Parliamentary Commission for the late Speaker Jacob Oulanyah’s burial arrangements.

“I can now certify that the Finance Ministry has released Shs 1.2 billion to the Parliamentary Commission for the late Speaker Jacob Oulanyah’s burial arrangements,” says the statement. In a tweet, Obore said, “The commission will work with NOC to ensure a fair sendoff.”

He noted that the newly elected speaker, Anita Among, and the clerk of Parliament, Adolf Mwesige, had mobilized all resources to assist the national organizing committee.

Meanwhile, the Acholi Parliamentary Group is enraged when the Ministry of Finance informed it that it will not be receiving any funds to continue its work.

The group has been protesting the delayed provision of cash for Oulanyah’s burial. Following public criticism, the government reduced the budget from Shs 2.5 billion to Shs 1.8 billion, then to Shs 1.2 billion.

The group’s chairperson, Anthony Akol, who is also the Kilak North MP, said the situation is frustrating, and that they have resorted to using their own money to facilitate some of the activities on the ground due to too much pressure from the district organising committees in Lalogi village.

He added that Acholi MPs have been contributing at least Shs 2 million to support activities such as the Bwola dancers’ camp in Kampala.

Oulanyah’s body will be transported to Parliament today so that MPs can pay their respects.

On Wednesday, a state funeral for Oulanyah will be held in the Kololo ceremonial grounds.

On April 8, he will be buried at his ancestral home in Omoro’s Lalogi village, and the day will be celebrated as a public holiday.

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