Oulanyah Jacob L'Okori
March 23, 1965
|Alma mater||Makerere University|
(Bachelor of Arts)
(Bachelor of Laws)
Law Development Centre
(Diploma in Legal Practice)
Oulanyah Jacob L'Okori is a Ugandan agricultural economist, lawyer and politician, who has been the Deputy Speaker of the Ugandan parliament since 19 May 2011. Oulanyah is also the member of parliament representing the Omoro County constituency, Omoro District, Acholi sub-region, in the Uganda's Northern Region.
Background and education
He was born in the then Gulu District, on 23 March 1965. He attended St. Joseph's College Layibi, Dr. Obote College Boroboro, and Kololo Senior Secondary School for his O-Level and A-Level education. In 1988, he joined Makerere University, the oldest university in the East African Community, where he studied agricultural economics. He graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts in that subject. That same year, he entered law school, also at Makerere University, graduating in 1994 with a Bachelor of Laws degree. He served as speaker of the university students' guild during his stay at Makerere. In 1995, he attended the Law Development Centre (LDC), where he obtained a postgraduate diploma in legal practice.
Following his graduation from the LDC, Oulanyah worked as a lecturer at the centre. During the same timeframe, he began private law practice at the law firm of Oulanyah, Onoria & Company Advocates. In 2001, he entered politics by successfully contesting for the parliamentary seat of Omoro County in Gulu District under the no-party arrangement constitutionally referred to as the Movement Political System. He was however a cardholder of the Uganda People's Congress (UPC). In 2005, he chaired the legal and parliamentary affairs committee that handled the constitutional amendment bill that proposed the lifting of the presidential term limits. He also participated in the peace talks between the government of Uganda and the Lord's Resistance Army rebels. In 2006, standing as a UPC candidate, he lost his re-election bid. In July 2006, he quit the UPC and joined the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM). 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 Ninth Parliament, this time on the NRM ticket. He was elected as Deputy Speaker of Parliament on 19 May 2011.
Following the February 2016 general election, Oulanyah was re-elected as Deputy Speaker of Parliament on 19 May 2016. In the vote, conducted by secret ballot, he received 300 votes, while Mohammed Nsereko received 115. On the 13th of July 2019, Oulanyah was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Divinity by Zoe Life Theological College USA and acquired the title, Doctor enabling him be called Rt. Hon. Dr. Jacob L. Oulanyah
Besides his duties as Deputy Speaker of Parliament, he sits on the following parliamentary committees:
- Appointments Committee - The Committee reviews all Cabinet appointments by the President and may approve or reject an appointment: The Deputy Speaker is the vice chairperson of that committee.
- Vision Reporter (19 May 2016). "Kadaga Speaker, Oulanyah Deputy". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
- Ocungi, Julius (19 February 2016). "Speaker Oulanyah declared winner of Omoro county, opposition order vote recount". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
- Odongtho, Charles (13 June 2011). "Oulanyah Defends Appointments Committee". Kampala: Uganda Radio Network. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
| Deputy Speaker of Parliament
2011 - Present