The Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah has today returned to parliament, and was welcomed by Deputy Speaker Anitah Among and Leader of the Opposition Mathias Mpuuga.
Oulanyah returned from the United Kingdom on Friday after over one month in what Parliament says was a private visit to see one of his children.
He last presided over Parliament at the reading of the 2021/2022 financial year Budget at Kololo Independence grounds immediately after his election as Speaker of Parliament last month.
His absence from the public raised speculation with several media reports indicating that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and flown out of the country for treatment.
Oulanyah is expected to start chairing the house soon. According to sources, it could be as soon as this week.
The Speaker’s office which was occupied by the former Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, has been completely refurbished and Oulanyah is expected to start sitting there after months of operating in a temporary committee room.
Information obtained from the Speaker’s team also indicates that there will be a prayer at the Office of the Speaker to dedicate the office to God.