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Speaker Oulanyah secretly flown to US for treatment

Speaker Jacob Oulanyah was last seen in public in December last year

Speaker Jacob Oulanyah was last seen in public in December last year

The speaker of parliament Jacob Oulanyah has been secretly flown to Seattle, United States of America for specialized treatment.

Oulanyah was flown out of the country in the wee hours of Thursday, February 3 after being discharged from Mulago National Referral hospital where he had been admitted. He travelled aboard Uganda Airlines' Airbus A330-800 neo which reportedly flew from Entebbe to Keflavik, Iceland in a flight time of 10 hours and 42 minutes. 

According to our source, on Friday, February 4, Uganda Airlines flew from Keflavik to Seattle in a connection flight time of 7 hours and 28 minutes. It appears that the plane just refuelled in Iceland because it was on the ground for just a few hours before setting off for Tacoma International airport in Seattle; its final destination.

The flight was operated with the flight number UR2, a mismatch from the ordinary Uganda Airlines’ flights which are operated with flight numbers in the UR4XX range. 

“Uganda Airlines Airbus A330-800neo landed in Seattle on Friday afternoon. This was the first time a Uganda Airlines plane flew to the United States, so that’s cool to see. I’m still not sure what the purpose of this flight is, though I suspect we’ll be able to figure this out with a bit of patience,” an aviation publication onemileatatime.com stated.

In the same publication are several conspiracy theories about the unusual flight, by an airline that has only gone to Dubai in the recent past and only planning to launch flights to London, United Kingdom.

“Maybe I am reading too much into this, but the fact that the UR2 flight number was used (and presumably UR1 will be used on the way back) suggests to me that maybe someone important was onboard? It’s also entirely possible that’s not the case, of course,” OneMile publication further stated.

The speaker was last seen in parliament on December 21, 2021. Last year, shortly after his swearing-in as speaker, Oulanyah disappeared from the public eye for a month after presiding over parliament at the reading of the 2021/2022 financial year budget at Kololo Independence grounds.

His deputy Anita Among has mostly been in charge of the parliamentary business since the beginning of the term in May, a matter that triggered speculation about his health. Reports had initially indicated that Oulannyah was battling COVID-19.

Meanwhile, several sources within parliament and government departments never wanted to comment on the matter although they acknowledge that the speaker is unwell.

"I don't want to invade his privacy but all I can tell you is that Oulanyah flew out of the country for a medical review and is out of danger," a source privy to the information said. 

Oulanyah was flown aboard one of Uganda Airlines aircraft

Another source who preferred anonymity said the speaker has been "visibly weak" but was unsure about the medical condition that has kept the speaker out of office for several months. Also, a legislator who requested not to be mentioned said Oulanyah's continued absence in parliament has become a great concern to many Ugandans including members of parliament. 

"I know the matter will be raised on the floor when plenary resumes next week," the lawmaker said.

URN made repeated calls to the head of public diplomacy in the ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Alfred Nnam and ministry of Internal Affairs spokesperson Jacob Siminyu, but all went unanswered.

Martha Okumu-Ringa, the head of communications at the ministry of Foreign Affairs referred our reporter to the ministry of Internal Affairs for any response regarding the speaker's travel to the United States.

"That information is with the ministry of Internal Affairs - immigration, because they handle immigration, it is for anyone entering the country or leaving," she said.

Meanwhile, Anthony Kujawa, the US Embassy spokesperson, referred us back to the Office of the Speaker and government when we contacted his office about the matter.

Uganda Airlines operates four midrange Bombardier aircraft and two A330-800 neo for longer routes. The Bombardier aircraft fly to regional destinations in Juba, Mogadishu, Nairobi, Mombasa, Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam, Bujumbura, Kinshasa and Johannesburg.

While one of the two A330-800 aircraft operates the Entebbe - Dubai route, the second one has largely remained parked at Entebbe with plans underway to open up the routes to the United Kingdom and China. Our reporter noticed, however, that the aircraft has not been at its usual parking spot since Friday.

Comments

-3 #11 M!k! 2022-02-06 22:52
Hopefully Ugandan Airlines is not already going back to its gun running ways as happened in October 1988 when one of their planes ended up being impounded in former Yugoslavia with 18 tonnes of contraband weapons.

The story of Speaker Oulanya having been aboard of the unscheduled flight to Tacoma via Seattle, Washington is just another false flag. Oulanya could have ended on board as a stow away or just a hitch hiker or anything in-between.

But he is not the sole reason for the out of way flight. The airline is already being abused before even making any money for the Ugandan tax payers who were lied to about the real intention of revamping a sure money losing venture.

Mr. Museveni just needed a back-up fleet to his own presidential jet especially after both Kenya Airways and Ethiopia Airlines one time refused to pluck their planes from scheduled routes for Mr. Museveni to charter when his presidential jet was undergoing service.
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+1 #12 Henry 2022-02-06 23:15
As expected, state business is comandeering commercial air crafts for government business. Uganda airline cannot be sustained. Shame on us.
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-2 #13 Lakwena 2022-02-07 07:39
The Yakobo Oulanya Lanywen of this country is a man of little faith.

If he had had faith in our Ugandan doctors like Obote and Amin (all RIP) had faith in them, while they were wielding absolute power; Oulanya Lanywen would have already been healed in Kirudu or Kawempe in the name of Mulago Hospital.

In other words, our Ugandan doctors would have made a point and proved to the whole wide world that: in spite of being bastardized and despised by the current regime; they have what it takes to restore even failing health of the Governor Bank of Uganda or the Speaker of Parliament.

Hasn't Oulanya heard about the mockery: "what good comes from the Nazareth Ghetto"?

What does it benefit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul/faith.

Wachireba/Ineno?
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0 #14 Lakwena 2022-02-07 07:47
In any case, Ugandans should not forget or be surprised when Yakobo gets back: The last time he went missing over his malady; full of himself, the man bark at us when the Acholi Parliamentarians were concerned about his whereabout.

Ineno?
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0 #15 Lakwena 2022-02-07 08:01
Quoting Lysol:
The non-binary Olanya, aka Oulanyah is slowly dying. You cannot be morbidly obese to live for a long time.

Many so-called rich Ugandans are obese and are slowly dying.


Lysol, if Olanya got back into eating Malakwang and boo alot, Lakoto koto, lakili kili,ladunga lala, etc. he would have been healed in one month, no sweat.

In other words, the Olanya of this country are digging their graves with their table spoons, forks and knives.
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+1 #16 Concerned Ugandan 2022-02-07 08:56
While I do wish Hon. Oulanyah all the best, this spectacle of his alleged evacuation for treatment has once again brought to the fore the question as to whether Uganda belongs to Ugandans or to just a very few privileged ones.

When you consider the astronomical cost that has gone into this misadventure you really question the priorities of the ones in power in this country and whether in fact they really truly care about Ugandans outside of a select and privileged few.

We persistently deny our medical professionals the pay they deserve. We have failed to set up an even remotely decent healthcare system for every single dollar in this multimillion dollar effort to save the good Speaker's life there is a Ugandan who is doomed to die of preventable illness simply because the plain reality that our leaders simply DO. NOT. CARE!

Quick recovery Hon. Speaker, if you do survive your ordeal then I pray you remember all the Ugandans that are dying daily so you may live.
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+1 #17 WADADA rogers 2022-02-07 13:42
Quoting Lysol:
The non-binary Olanya, aka Oulanyah is slowly dying. You cannot be morbidly obese to live for a long time.

Many so-called rich Ugandans are obese and are slowly dying.

Hey boy, the last time kakwenza used the word obese, it landed him in trouble
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0 #18 Tomson Baguma 2022-02-08 11:37
Quoting WADADA rogers:
I keep wondering who sanctions such extravagant expenditures aware that the country is highly indebted due to endless borrowing.

No one should tell Ugandans that Aulanyah is in good health, certainly not, otherwise why would they secure a special expensive license for the airbus to an unofficial destination, what was the rush for, was the man on the thread or was already dead.

There is a likelihood that the man had developed multiple organ failure with a slim chance of returning on his feet, forgive my prophesy. He was sick since last year and has hardly executed any parliamentary work , this period would have been sufficient for him to recover, he must be in a bad shape


This will go down as the most expensive human patient Uganda has had in it's history!!!
Aren't younger leaders much easier and cheaper for the taxpayers to look after than senile /old ones!!?????
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