Parliament has announced that the Speaker RT. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah is working from home and not ill.
According to Parliament’s Director of Communication and Public Affairs Chris Ariko Obore, the Speaker is well and having time with his children at home.
The clarification follows media reports that Hon. Oulanya was ill and being airlifted to Nairobi anytime soon.
He last presided over the sitting of the 11th Parliament during the reading of the 2021/2022 budget on June 10 at Kololo Independence Grounds.
However, his absence raised concern from Members of Parliament about his whereabouts.
On Tuesday afternoon, Obore said that the Speaker is taking off time to be with his family.
“Following a year of intense political campaigns keeping the Rt. Hon. Speaker away from home for months, he is making some time to be with his family. This has been enabled by the new schedule of work where the Speaker and Deputy Speaker take turns to conduct House business. In keeping with the Presidential guidelines on COVID-19, Parliament is, from the top leadership, scaling down physical presence at work” Obore said.
Rt. Hon. Anita Among the Deputy Speaker has been chairing the house including on the day that Vice President Jessica Alupo and Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja were approved. Oulanyah was also not present at the swearing-in ceremony of the recently appointed Ministers at Kololo on Monday.
Several people had started speculating that Oulanya contracted COVID-19, but this was also trashed by his social media team.
“Fellow Countrymen and Women… Kindly disregard the false alarmist reports about Speaker Jacob Oulanyah. He is well and in great spirits. At the moment, just like the majority of you, he is working from home. Please wear your mask, sanitize, and wash hands” the post on Oulanya’s twitter handle said.