NORTHERN UGANDA: The Uganda People’s Defence Forces-UPDF Engineering Brigade has started refurbishing the house of former Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah, at his ancestral home in Ayom Lony village, Lalogi Sub-county in Omoro District.
The team embarked on the work shortly after President Museveni made commitments to support the construction of Oulanyah’s unfinished village home on Thursday. It was at State House Nakasero that the president met with people from the Greater North Parliamentary Forum.
Omoro District Chairperson Douglas Peter Okello told Uganda Radio Network in an interview on Sunday that the engineering brigade was already making progress in refurbishing one of the old houses ahead of Oulanyah’s burial.
At a hospital in Seattle, Washington, in the United States of America (USA), the 56-year-old former Omoro County legislator died on Sunday. He had been there since February 3.
At the time of his death, Oulanyah had been constructing a classy residential home in his village.
Okello says that the team will also help engineers who are building Oulanyah’s new mansion. They will help them finish a part of the building where Oulanyah’s body will be when it arrives home.
Okello says the clan leaders and family members, in consultation with the local organising committee, have since resolved that once the body arrives home, it should lie in the new residential home. He thanked President Museveni for coming to help with the facelift and construction of Oulanyah’s homes at the right time.
However, Frank Mugisha, the Project Coordinator for Gada Engineering Company, the company that was in charge of building Oulanyah’s mansion, says that even though the work was 70% done, Oulanyah’s death had a big impact on the project.
Uganda Radio Network says that with the help of the UPDF engineering brigade, the contractor should be able to finish the house 90% of the way by this week, before Oulanyah’s body arrives home.
Omoro Resident District Commissioner Andrew Onyuk says security has been beefed up at Oulanyah’s home to avert the possibility of some people taking the opportunity to do wrong things.
“Security is always our priority—we have cordoned off the place to filter the people coming in,” he says. Oulanyah’s body still remains in the US and awaits transportation back into the country.
When Milly Babalanda tweeted on Saturday, she said that she would release the final burial plan for Oulanyah on Tuesday, which was Oulanyah’s last day.