Cecilia Ogwal Remembered as Political Encyclopedia in Lango – The Ankole Times

Cecilia Ogwal Remembered as Political Encyclopedia in Lango

Friday, January 19, 2024

The recent death of Atim Ogwal, also known as “Atat” in Lango, has left the region in mourning. The news of her passing at the age of 77 due to cancer in an Indian hospital was first announced by Rt. Hon. Anita Annet Among, the Speaker of Parliament. Atim Ogwal had been a prominent figure in Ugandan politics, serving as the Dokolo District Woman Member of Parliament and a member of the country’s legislature since 1996.

Hon. Joy Atim Ongom, who had the privilege of working alongside Atim Ogwal in the 9th and 10th Parliament, described her as an encyclopedia of political knowledge. Ongom highlighted Atim Ogwal’s influential role in shaping the political understanding of many politicians, noting the respect she commanded for her wealth of knowledge.

At a personal level, Ongom praised Atim Ogwal for her impact on the family lives of young politicians she interacted with. Daniel Omara Atubo, former Minister of Lands, Housing, and Urban Development, recognized Atim Ogwal as a firm foundation for multi-party democracy in Uganda. He emphasized the importance of avoiding personality domination for the country’s progress.

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Chris Otim, a resident of Lira City, likened Atim’s death to significant events in Lango’s history, such as the deaths of President Apolo Milton Obote in 2006 and Gen. David Oyite Ojok in 1983. He remarked that these events have left a lasting impact on the region.

At the time of her death, Atim Ogwal was serving as a member of the parliamentary Committee of Physical Infrastructure, overseeing policy matters related to Lands, Housing, Urban development, Works and Transport, and Physical Planning.

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