Oulanyah Creates Own Website to Engage Public

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The Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah has established his own website meant to share information with the public. Dr George Lugalambi, a media expert says the website is a very strong case for the deputy speaker, as he will be able to have his personal space away from the official space.

The Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah has established his own website meant to share information with the public.

The website http://oulanyah.com/ was activated in November 2017 although it was created in 2016. It is titled Jacob L. Oulanyah, Deputy Speaker and Member of Parliament Omoro district. 

Among other things the website engages the public to interact with the deputry speaker with a platform "Ask Oulanyah" with a notification to get back to the person as soon as possible.

Currently the website has the biography of the Deputy Speaker, some of Parliament business among other things. It also has projects like Education, Agriculture, and health initiative among others.

The website features news for instance about Oulanyah rooting for equal opportunities, Oulanyah advising MPs on savings,Oulanyah and Minister for Agriculture touring Omoro experimental firms among others.

According to Oulanyah, although the website was created over a year ago, he has decided to activate it as a means to engage with the public. He says the website is meant to provide news and information just like any other website.

Oulanyah is also the Omoro County Member of Parliament. He also sits at the International advisory board, Global Majority among others.

Dr George Lugalambi, a media expert says the website is a very strong case for the deputy speaker, as he will be able to have his personal space away from the official space. Lugalambi says Oulanyah wants to tell his personal story, share his own agenda and also take charge of his public relations.

He says increasingly this is the trend, now with the so much competition for space in  the media and the fact that there is only so much room for the official platforms. 

Lugalambi adds that given the controversial nature of Parliamentary business, the timing of the site for the deputy speaker is good.

"Sometimes you need to tell your own story, with the nature of business at Parliament one thing I know is maybe there could be some misrepresentation someday, and having a platform like this gives him control," Lugalambi said.

He also added that he believes Oulanyah will also be careful publishing information that is official Parliament business on his site, noting that it is also good that he is complementing the communications department of Parliament.

Chris Obore, the Parliament's Director of Communications says the Speaker or Deputy Speaker have their constituents and so they can do things outside the Parliament support staff.

He says Parliament's communication department supports communications of all offices.

"The offices of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker are one. All departments of Parliament support them.The reason departments exist is to support them," Obore said.

Parliament has a website www.parliament.go.ug which has official general information about activities and members of Parliament.

 

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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

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