Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah has dismissed reports that circulated on social media in December 2019 claiming he was battling an illness out of the country.
“I am well as you can see; I have not fallen sick but probably I will fall sick in future; I do not have an issue as yet,” he said at the start of the plenary sitting on Tuesday.
Oulanyah’s response was prompted by MP Anthony Akol (FDC, Kilak North), who said he was questioned by constituents during the recent recess on concerns about the Deputy Speaker’s alleged ill-health.
“There were issues circulating on social media about your health; there was anxiety in my constituency about it,” said Akol.
Oulanyah flew to Germany in December 2019 for official duties but the extended trip sparked speculations of ill-health by tabloids and social media, which the Deputy Speaker has dismissed.
In December, a one Brian Kinene posted on facebook that Oulanyah has been allegedly admitted at Intensive Care Unit at a hospital in Germany. On January 7,2020, he again posted saying that Oulanyah might have dead. Oulanyah rubbished the claims when he posted a photo of himself in Germany with a brimming smile.