Jacob Oulanyah

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Jacob Oulanyah
Deputy Speaker of the Republic of Uganda
Rt. Honourable
Personal details
Born Oulanyah Jacob L'Okori
(1965-03-23) 23 March 1965 (age 49)
Gulu, Uganda
Citizenship Uganda
Nationality Ugandan
Residence Kampala, Uganda
Occupation Lawyer & Politician

Oulanyah Jacob L'Okori is a Ugandan agricultural economist, lawyer and politician. He is the current Deputy Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament. He was elected to that position on Thursday 19 May 2011.[1] He succeeds Rebecca Kadaga, who served as Deputy Speaker between 2001 until 2011. Oulanyah is also the current Member of Parliament (MP) for the Omoro County constituency, Gulu District, Acholi sub-region, in Northern Uganda.


He was born in Gulu District on 23 March 1965.


He attended St. Joseph College Layibi, Dr. Obote College Boroboro and Kololo Senior Secondary School. In 1988 he joined Makerere University, the oldest university in East Africa, where he studied Economics. He graduated in 1991 with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Agriculture Economics (BA.Agric-Econ). That same year, he entered Law School, also at Makerere University, graduating in 1994 with the Bachelor of Laws (LLB). He served as Speaker of the university students' guild during his stay at Makerere. In 1995, he attended the Law Development Centre, where he obtained the Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice.[2]

Earlier Work experience[edit]

Following his graduation from the Law Development Center (LDC), Jacob Oulanyah worked as a lecturer at the LDC. During the same timeframe, he began private law practice at the law firm of Oulanyah, Onoria & Co Advocates.

Political Career[edit]

In 2001 he entered politics by successfully contesting for the parliamentary seat of "Omoro County" in Gulu District on the Uganda People's Congress (UPC) ticket. In 2005, he chaired the parliamentary legal committee that recommended the constitutional amendments which lifted the presidential term limits. He also participated in the peace-talks between the Government of Uganda and the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels.

In 2006, he lost the re-election bid to the 8th Parliament (2006 -2011), as a UPC candidate. In July 2006, he quit the UPC political party and joined the National Resistance Movement (NRM) political party. In 2008 he served as the Chairman of the commission of inquiry into the controversial sub-lease of Kisekka Market, one of the municipal markets in the city of Kampala.

In March 2011, Oulanyah was elected to represent "Omoro County", Gulu District, in the 9th Parliament (2011 - 2016), this time on the NRM ticket. He was elected deputy speaker of the Parliament of Uganda on 19 May 2011.[3]

Parliamentary duties[edit]

Besides his duties as deputy speaker of the Ugandan Parliament, he sits on the following parliamentary committees:[4]

  • Appointments Committee - The Committee reviews all Cabinet appointments by the President, and may approve or reject an appointment: The Deputy Speaker is a member of that committee

Succession table as Deputy Speaker of Parliament[edit]

Preceded by
Rebecca Alitwala Kagaga
2001 - 2011
Deputy Speaker of Parliament
2011 - Present
Succeeded by

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