Who is Cecilia Barbara Atim Ogwal? (1946 – 2024)

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Who is Cecilia Barbara Atim Ogwal? (1946 – 2024)

Cecilia Barbara Atim Ogwal has been one of the longest serving Members of Parliament representing Dokolo District. She succumbed to cancer on Thursday in India. Kyaggwe TV has gathered some of the information that contributes to the rich profile of the fallen iron lady, Cecilia Ogwal.

  • In 1969, at the age of 23, she won the “Miss Uganda” contest.
  • She joined Parliament in 1996, representing Dokolo district as the woman Member of Parliament.
  • She was born on June 12, 1946 in Aduku, Kwania County, Dokolo District in Northern Uganda. She has died at 77 years of age.
  • She has been a staunch Catholic.
  • She has been a politician, businesswoman and management consultant.
  • She attended Ngeta Boarding Primary School – Lira, Sacred Heart Secondary – Gulu and Gayaza High School.
  • In 1967 at the age of 21, Ogwal became one of the first four women in East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania) to enrol in a Bachelor of Commerce program at the University of Nairobi, where she graduated in 1970.
  • She also holds a Certificate in Human Resources Management from what was then called the Institute of Public Administration, but is now known as Uganda Management Institute.
  • Holds a certificate in Christian Based Values from the Haggai Institute, Singapore.
  • Holds a certificate in Public Private Partnership, from Australia.
  • 1979 – 1980, As the Liaison Officer for Returning Ugandan Refugees, Ogwal worked at the Uganda Embassy in Kenya.
  • 1980 – 1981, She was employed by the Uganda Advisory Board of Trade as the Operations Manager.
  • In 1982, she helped to create Housing Finance Bank and stayed as one of its first employees until 1984.
  • 1981 – 1986, she presided as Chairperson of the Uganda Development Bank.
  • 1985 – 1992, she started involving in politics in Uganda and held the position of interim secretary general for the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC).
  • In 1994, she participated in the Constituent Assembly, which created and adopted 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 newly created Dokolo District after converting to Forum for Democratic Change (FDC).
  • Cecilia Ogwal got married to Lameck Ogwal in 1970 at Christ the King Church.
  • She is a mother of seven biological children and many adopted ones.
  • She has been a member of 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.
  • In 2019 she got serious wrangles with the late Elly Tumwine for allegedly threatening to harm her.
  • Cecilia Ogwal, the Dokolo District Woman MP has died on January 18, 2024.
  • She has succumbed to cancer in an Indian Hospital.
  • You have fought the good fight, you have finished the race, and you have kept the faith. May your soul rest in peace Honourable.

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