Kampala, Uganda | URN | The Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah has returned to Uganda after a month away in the United Kingdom (UK) where he was receiving treatment.
According to a source close to him, Oulanyah returned on Friday 23, July 2021 night and headed straightaway to his home in Munyonyo, where he is resting as he fully recuperates.
“He returned today, at around 1:00 pm and he is ready to start chairing the house soon, especially since Anita Among’s two months are done,” a source who preferred to remain anonymous said.
Oulanyah was last month rushed to the UK after his health deteriorated suddenly. He last presided over Parliament at the reading of the 2021/2022 financial year budget at Kololo Independence Grounds. Some sources claimed he had COVID-19 but his inner circle suspected he could have been poisoned.
There were also reports that he was allegedly transported to Entebbe International Airport in an ambulance and carried on a stretcher to the plane that evacuated him from Uganda.
When this publication reached out to one of the MPs close to him, he confirmed he had spoken to Oulanyah and that he is in high spirits.
“What matters is that he is OK right now and will chair the next session of parliament next week,” said the MP who preferred anonymity.
The Director of Communications and Public Affairs at Parliament, Chris Obore, said that the Speaker had travelled to see one of his children in the United Kingdom- UK.
“He travelled to the UK, but this is in no way related to sickness or anything, but to see his son whom he had not seen in a long time,” Obore said.
On Wednesday 21, July 2021, Members of Parliament tasked Deputy Speaker Anita Among about the continued absence of Oulanyah.
On his Twitter account, Oulanyah reposted a tweet with his picture, saying “He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.”
Another source, says that Oulanyah will chair the Parliament sessions next week.
Attempts to get an official comment from the Speaker’s press team, and the Parliaments communications department was futile by press time.
Oulanyah’s return ends days of speculation about the state of his health amid rumours that he had been taken to Dubai for further treatment.