The body of former Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah is likely to arrive in Ethiopia today on an Ethiopian Airlines flight.
Oulanyah passed away on March 20 at the University of Washington Medical Centre in Seattle, where he was undergoing cancer treatment.
The remains will arrive at Entebbe International Airport about 2 p.m., according to the formal burial schedule from the national organising committee chaired by Minister for Presidency, Ms Milly Babalanda.
Though Ms Babalanda was unavailable for comment yesterday, another member of the committee, who requested anonymity because she is not authorized to speak on such topics, claimed three of Oulanyah’s children were escorted by others, including Uganda’s Ambassador to the United States.
Mr Anthony Akol, a Kilak North County legislator who also serves as the chairperson of the Acholi Parliamentary Group, told Monitor yesterday that at the airport, some 70 dancers will perform a traditional Acholi dance.
“It’s a cultural gesture to receive the body back,” he explained.
Vice President Jessica Alupo, Speaker of Parliament Anita Among, and her deputy, Mr Thomas Tayebwa, are among the dignitaries due to receive the remains.
“Full honors will be accorded to the casket.” This ceremony will only enable a select leaders and family members to attend. “The casket will be turned over to A Plus Funeral Management immediately after,” the burial program states in part.
According to the program, the body will be laid to rest in Oulanyah’s home in Muyenga, Kampala, on Sunday, where family members, friends, and other well-wishers will continue to pay their respects.
A succession of events will take place until the body is eventually laid to rest at the deceased’s ancestral home in Omoro District on Friday.
According to police spokesperson Fred Enanga, who spoke to the Daily Monitor yesterday, security has been enhanced during the ongoing funeral and burial arrangements till the fallen Speaker is buried.
“Therefore, there is no reason to be concerned. “We are guaranteeing that both participants and non-participants are safe from any security threats,” he informed the audience.