The government, through the Ministry of Education and Sports has initiated a move to recognize Oulanyah’s contribution to legal practice in the country.
State minister for Primary Education Joyce Moriku Kaducu has stated that her ministry will collaborate with Gulu University for the award that recognizes Oulanyah’s brain in legal practices as well as the national guidance he offered the parliament.
The minister revealed this last week during during an emergency full council meeting held jointly by the local council governments from Acholi, Lango, and West Nile sub-regions.
The suggestion was then raised by Chris Ongom, the Vice Chairman of the Uganda District Council Speakers Association, that the fallen speaker of parliament deserves the posthumous honorary award.
According to him, Oulanyah helped their association to formulate three legal documents which include the revised rules of procedures, a strategic development plan, and a capacity-building document that is helping the council speakers in their work.
Ongom compared this to the elevation of the late Paul Lokech’s rank posthumously, which makes Oulanyah’s posthumous PhD relevant since he was a brilliant lawyer who did not only serve his country but also the entire world.
Gulu University vice-chancellor, Prof George Openjuru Ladaah, however, says the ministry has not yet engaged the university regarding the awarding of the posthumous PhD to Oulanyah.
Openjuru said the University shall require the deceased’s credentials before the senate can hold a meeting to award him.
However, he acknowledged that the university shall name a block at the faculty of Law after Oulanyah.
Oulanyah who died on March 20, 2022, in Seattle in the United States of America due to cancer obtained a bachelor’s degree in Law from Makerere University in 1994 and a postgraduate diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Center (LDC) in 1995.
He was a lecturer at LDC, then started his private law firm called Onoria and Company Advocates before joining active politics.