Cecilia Ogwal, a Ugandan Politician and Businesswoman, Died of Cancer at 77

Last Updated on January 18, 2024, 6:42 am

Uganda: Cecilia Ogwal, who was a Member of Parliament for the Dokolo District Women’s Constituency, Passed Away at 77

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Cecilia Ogwal, a Ugandan politician and businesswoman, passed away at 77 after losing a battle with cancer on Thursday, January 18, 2024. She was a Member of Parliament for the Dokolo District Women’s Constituency and a member of Uganda’s legislation since 1996.

What happened to Cecilia Ogwal?

Cecilia Ogwal passed away after losing a battle with cancer on Thursday, January 18, 2024. She was 77 years old at the time of her tragic demise. Her close family members announced the sad news to local media and told that she succumbed to cancer at a hospital in India on Thursday morning.

“It is sad, Mam Cecilia Ogwal is no more, she is gone,” said the source, who requested to remain anonymous due to privacy concerns.

Who was Cecilia Ogwal?

Cecilia Barbara Atim Ogwal was a respected Member of Parliament for Dokolo District Women’s Constituency in Uganda. She was a former Miss Uganda and served as a parliamentary Committee of Physical Infrastructure member, overseeing and covering policy matters related to housing, urban development, land, physical planning, and work and transport. She was also a Defence contractor and management consultant and has been a member of Uganda’s legislature since 1996. She was also a member of the budget committee.

Born December 6, 1946, she won the 1969 Miss Uganda title at 23. She attended local schools in Uganda. She earned her Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Nairobi in 1970. She holds a Certificate in Human Resources Management from the Uganda Management Institute, formally known as the Institute of Public Administration.

Ogwal worked at the Uganda Embassy in Kenya from 1979 to 1980 as a liaison officer for Returning Uganda Refugees. She worked as the Operations Manager at Uganda Advisory Board of Trade from 1980-81. In 1982, she co-founded the Housing Finance Bank and continued to work there until 1984. She also served as the Chairperson of Uganda Development Bank from 1981 to 1986.

She joined Ugandan politics and served as the Acting Secretary General of the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) from 1985 to 1992. In 1994, she was a 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. In the 2006 parliamentary elections, she lost her Lira Municipality seat. In 2011, she switched political parties and won the Women’s Representative seat for the newly created Dokolo District as a member of the Forum for Democratic Change party.

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