Born on August 15, 1938 in Tororo District, Paul Orono Etyang studied from Busoga College Mwiri before Makerere University.
He joined the provincial administration as a district officer in 1962 and was later transferred to become the second secretary to the Uganda embassy in Moscow from 1965 to 1967.
Ambassador Etyang served as acting Minister of Foreign Affairs under President Idi Amin. He also served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Information in President Yoweri Museveni earlier regime.
He went as a member of the Uganda Mission to the United Nations for a year before being appointed First Secretary.
His most significant appointment was when he became High Commissioner to Britain for the government of Milton Obote from June 1969 until 1971 when he was withdrawn to the Foreign Ministry in Kampala.
He became Permanent Secretary and was automatically appointed acting minister when his chief Wanume Kibedi was sent on sick leave, to resign on April 28, 1973.
Etyang was the father to flight captain Mike Etyang who recently flew Uganda’s first Airbus A330- 800neo as it landed at Entebbe from Paris, France last month.