MPs pledge to donate UGX 554 million to Ulanyah education trust fund
MPs agreed to donate 554 million shillings to support the Jacob Oulanyah Education Trust Fund to preserve the legacy of the late president who succumbed to lymphoma cancer.
Oulanyah died in a hospital in Seattle, United States, on March 20, 2022, after serving less than 10 months in office. He becomes the first serving speaker to die while in office in Ugandan history.
Prior to her disappearance, Oulanyah had, through her efforts, secured scholarships for more than 100 students at the Seroma Christian High School in Mukono, while several other students, including her own biological children, are taking vocational courses abroad.
While addressing mourners at the national vigil for the late President at the Kololo ceremonial ground in Kampala on Wednesday, Speaker of Parliament Anita Among Annet revealed that lawmakers had decided to support the initiative.
The Houses of Parliament were packed to capacity on Tuesday as lawmakers, former lawmakers and foreign diplomats paid tribute to Oulanyah, 56, who died after spending just 9 months at the helm of the new seat.
The one-day special portrayed the deceased as an intelligent and distinctive figure, a wise, God-fearing leader of his time who united the country, inspired both the youth and mixed with the opposition.
Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo revealed that the fund was created to educate the children of the former president and others whose future depended on him, adding that he himself will chair the fund to ensure the transparency and accountability.
Meanwhile, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, who was the main mourner at the vigil, pledged government support to ensure the trust fund achieves its goals in memory of Oulanyah’s legacy.
Dr Jackson Orem, executive director of the Uganda Cancer Institute-UCI, who led a 15-member team of medical professionals to manage Oulanyah’s health at the time of his illness, pointed out that the deceased had become too busy by parliamentary business he paid less time. for his health.
Oulanyah was diagnosed with cancer in 2019. A year later, he drove through northern Uganda while canvassing votes to retain his seat in Omoro County and vying for president and vice-president. national chairman of the National Resistance Movement-NRM party.
The late president is expected to be laid to rest at his ancestral home in Omoro district on Friday, April 8.