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Facts You Didn’t Know About Cecilia Ogwal

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The country is still mourning the death of the Lioness of Dokollo Hon Cecilia Barabara Atim Ogwal one of the strong women in the 11th parliament with a bold voice. In this article, we bring few facts you didn’t know about the fallen veteran politician.

Cecilia Barbara Atim Ogwal was born on 6th December 1946 and has been a Ugandan politician, businesswoman and management consultant. She has been the member of parliament of Dokolo district since 2011.

Ogwal was born in Dokolo District, Northern Uganda, on 6 December 1946. She went to several schools in her area and in 1967, at the age of 21, she was admitted to the University of East Africa in Nairobi currently known as the University of Nairobi to study a Bachelors Degree in Commerce.

She graduated from the University of Nairobi in 1970. She also holds a certificate in Human Resources Management from what was then called the Institutute of Public Administration currently known as the Uganda Management Institute in Kampala. Ogwal also holds two other certificates, one in Christian Based Values from the Haggai Institute, Singapore and the other in Public Private Partnership from Australia

From 1979 until 1980, Ogwal worked at the Uganda Embassy in Kenya as the Liaison Officer for Refturning Ugandan Refugees. From 1980 until 1981. she worked as the Operations Manager at the Uganda Advisory Board of trade. In 1982, she was one of the founders of Housing Finance Bank, working there until 1984. She served as the chairperson of the Uganda Development Bank from 1981 until 1986.

She joined politics, serving as the Acting Secretary General of the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) from 1985 to 1982. In 1994, she was part of the constituent assembly which drafted and promulgated the 1995 Ugandan Constitution. She remained a high ranking official in the UPC political party until 2004.

During the 2006 parliamentary elections, she lost her Lira municipality seat to Jimmy Akena, the son of UPC founder Milton Obote. In 2011, Ogwal contested and won the women’s Representative seat for the then newly created Dokolo District. This time she switched parties and ran as a flag bearer for the Forum for Democratic Change FDC.

Ogwal is a married mother of Seven Children and has also adopted others over the years. In 1969, at the age of 23, she won the very first Miss Uganda contest. At the time of her dead, she was a member of the parliamentary Committee of physical infrastructure in charge of overseeing and covering policy matters related to Lands, Housing, Urban development, works and transport and physical planning. She has also been a member of the budget committee. 

Little is know about her husband Lameck Ogwal .

May Her Soul Rest in Eternal Peace.

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