In a special tribute to fallen speaker Jacob Oulanyah, the August House on Tuesday passed a resolution that MPs contribute 554 million shillings to Jacob Oulanyah’s education trust fund.
The Foundation is aimed at ensuring that Oulanyah’s children and all those he was guardian to, get access to education.
Speaking at the Oulanyah state funeral at Kololo Independence Grounds on Wednesday, the new Speaker Among noted that the money will be deposited in the Foundation’s Bank Account, and will be managed by Chief Justice Owiny Dollo.
Chief Justice Alphonse Owiny Dollo made a vow that Oulanyah’s orphans will continue with their education until they reach their highest level of achievement.
“Our vow, we who Jacob meant everything, is that his children will continue with their education where they are. They will continue to the end of their highest level of achievement. We will pay back Oulanyah through his children,” he said.
“Let us pull our resources together. That is when we will prove what we say about Jacob Oulanyah. It’s my vow that Oulanyah’s children will not suffer, “he added.
To console mourners, he said that in Acholi, a place he hails from, someone with children does not die, because their children step into their shoes and execute their parent’s mantles.
Speaker Among announced that Parliament passed a resolution on Tuesday that every March 23rd shall be Jacob Oulanyah Day, and Parliament will hold Jacob Oulanyah Memorial lecture, in honor of him.
Oulanyah’s body was airlifted to Omoro District in Northern Uganda, where he is to be laid to rest on Friday.