The Joint Security Agencies have committed to providing unique Protection, Security and Safety, during this week as the country continues to mourn the late Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah the former Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda.
Oulanyah who died on March 20th at a hospital in Seattle, US will be buried on Friday 8.04.2022 in Lalogi village, in Omoro district.
According to CP Enanga Fred the Police Spokesperson, so far, the ceremonial funeral activities have been successfully held, since the arrival of the body, on Friday 1.04.2022.
“We continue to provide security and safety, at the home of the deceased in Muyenga until Monday, 4.04.2022. On Tuesday, 5.04.2022, our task teams will further provide protection and security, as the body moves to Parliament, where the Rt. Hon, Speaker, will lead all Members of Parliament and Staff, in paying last respects to the former Speaker. The body will lie in Parliament,” Enanga noted.
While addressing the press on Monday morning at Naguru police headquarters, Enanga said that on Wednesday, 6.04.2022, at 8 am, security teams will be alert as the body is transported to the Kololo Ceremonial Grounds, for a State Funeral, where H.E. the President, and other Senior Government Official, MPs, Family Members and Leaders from the Acholi Sub-region, are expected to attend.
He added that about 1500 people are expected at the venue.
After the ceremony on Wednesday at 3pm, the casket will be airlifted to the ancestral home at Lalogi village, in Omoro district, where it will be received by family members and leaders from the Acholi Sub-region.
On Thursday, 7.04.2022, the body will still lie at the ancestral home, in Lalogi village, for final respects by members of the public, councilors and prominent leaders of the Greater Northern Region.
Burial will then take place, on Friday 8.04.2022, where the body of the fallen Rt. Hon. Speaker, will be laid to rest at his ancestral home. Here, more than 20,000 people are expected to participate in the burial ceremony.
“Our Joint Security Posture at all levels is very robust and actively reviewed, to help counter any form of threats and vulnerabilities. Both visible and non-visible tactical response teams, foot and motorized patrol groups are in place. Although there are no specific threats directed towards the burial, we call upon all mourners and invitees to remain vigilant. We shall however, be doubling our efforts to detect and disrupt all forms of threats and acts of violence, targeting mourners and other invitees,” Enanga warned.
To all invitees, mourners and celebrants, at all venues in Muyenga, Parliament, Kololo and Omoro, he encouraged them to cooperate with the task teams and follow the access controls as well as search protocols.
He applauded the Religious Leaders and selected politicians who have come out to calm the public and counter inciting messages, that were being spread on social media platforms, as well as demonstrations.
Enanga assured all Ugandans that the joint security teams are well prepared and pledge to deliver a very safe, secure and befitting state funeral for the late Rt. Hon, Jacob Oulanyah.