By Our Reporter

KAMPALA: The Director of Communication and Public Affairs at Parliament, Chris Obore has said that government has finally released Shs1.2 billion to Parliamentary Commission for burial arrangements of late Speaker Jacob Oulanyah.

“I can now confirm that the Finance Ministry has released Shs 1.2 billion to the Parliamentary Commission for burial arrangements of late Speaker Jacob Oulanyah. The commission will work with NOC to ensure decent sendoff,” said Obore in a tweet.

He stated that the newly elected speaker Anita Among and clerk to Parliament Adolf Mwesige have marshalled all efforts to support the national organising committee.

Meanwhile, the Acholi Parliamentary Group is furious after the Ministry of Finance told it that it will not get any money to prepare for former Speaker Jacob Oulanyah’s burial.

The group has been decrying the delayed release of the funds for the burial of Oulanyah. After a public outcry, government cut the budget from Shs 2.5 billion to shs 1.8 billion and now they have confirmed it at Shs 1.2 billion.

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


He revealed that Acholi MPs have been contributing at least Shs 2 million to facilitate activities like the Bwola dancers who have since pitched camp in Kampala.

Today, Oulanyah’s body will be moved to the Parliament for MPs to pay their final respects.
On Wednesday there will be a state funeral for Oulanyah at Kololo ceremonial grounds.

The burial will be held on April 8 at his ancestral home at Lalogi village in Omoro and the day will be observed as a public holiday.

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