Religious leaders in
the Acholi Sub Region on Thursday held a mass prayer for Speaker of Parliament,
Under their umbrella,
National Fellowship of Born-Again Pentecostal Churches of Uganda, hundreds of
the believers congregated at the maiden Gulu district administration office in
Gulu City seeking God`s intervention to heal Oulanayah who is in the US receiving treatment.
Led by Bishop James
Ocan, the Overseer of the Born-again Churches in Acholi Sub Region, the believers say that it is only through God`s
intervention that Oulanyah will be healed and comforted from the pain he is
The believers also
held prayers for comfort for the Parliament of Uganda, Oulanyah`s constituency,
and the people of Omoro as well as leaders from the Acholi and country at
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Some of them held
placards labeled; ‘’Hon. Jacob Oulanyah we are praying for your quick
recovery.’’, ‘’There is power in prayer Hon. Jacob Oulanyah receive your
hearing.’’, ‘’And the Prayer offered in Faith will make the sick person well.
They also raised one
million twenty-seven thousand and eight hundred shillings to be extended to the
family of Oulanyah through the Gulu Resident City Commissioner, Francis
The religious leaders
described the contribution as a symbol of interest to visit the Speaker in the
hospital but they are incapacitated since he is far away.
Pastor Bonny Opoka,
one of the clerics urged leaders in the country to work without segregation of
status in society, take away selfishness, avoid tribalism and put justice at
the center of daily activities.
The prayer ceremony
drew political, security, heads of political parties, and opinion leaders from
across the Acholi sub-region, as well as hundreds of believers from different
A section of the
attendees also criticized those whom they claimed are rejoicing by the
unfortunate health conditions of the Speaker.
Christine Olok, the
Deputy Mayor for Gulu City described the intervention as timely and historic
noting that if taken in good faith it will bind the people of Acholi. Olok also
condemned a section of Ugandans who are rejoicing the health condition of
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The Speaker of
Parliament Jacob Oulanyah has been in Seattle since February 5th, 2022, for specialized treatment.
Oulanyah was elected
Speaker of Parliament on May 24, 2021. He flew out of the country and spent one
and half months after presiding over the reading of the 2021/2022 financial
year budget last June.
President Norbert Mao said on Tuesday that Oulanyah`s condition is stabilizing
according to reports that he received from relatives and close family members.