OYAM, UGANDA: President Yoweri Museveni has paid his last respects to the Late Minister of State for Labour, Col (Rtd) Charles Engola Mac-Odwogo whom he praised as a dedicated government official who contributed tremendously to the country in the economic, political as well as security areas.
Mr Museveni who was on Tuesday paying a courtesy visit where he laid a wreath on Col Engola’s grave in Awangi Iceme subcounty in Oyam District hailed the late for particularly taking up the gospel of teaching his constituents to shift from subsistence farming to commercial agriculture and saluted him for his role in the restoration of peace in the Lango sub-region.
“He started making his contribution when he joined politics as LC 5 Chairman and I knew his good method of work that is why I did not hesitate to appoint him as a Minister,” said Mr Museveni.
“He was not only an NRM activist but was also a teacher who showed the people the way of fighting poverty,” the President added.
Engola Junior’s Campaign Rally
President Museveni while speaking at a campaign rally held on the afternoon in Tegony village, Iceme town council, in Oyam district rallied Oyam North voters to vote for the NRM Flag Bearer Mr Samuel Okello Engola to replace his father in Parliament.
“When it come to replacement for me I would go for that boy Junior Samuel Engola. This boy learnt from his father and probably he behaves like the father,” Mr Museveni said before handing over the flag to Engola Junior Samuel who later thanked the president for standing with them.
The president further promised to complete building the church construction started by the late minister and listed the several roads that have been tarmacked and others yet in the pipe line to be tarmacked.
“When a leader came you need to know if the leader can bring you good roads, electricity and development. The first medicine is peace, security, development, road, water, education and health which is accompanied by vaccination clean water and good health, but otherwise, prevention of disease is key among other developmental issues.”
His Excellency the President further welcomed the UPC members who crossed to NRM and re-echoed the need for Oyam voters to vote for Samuel Okello Engola Junior as the area MP.
Samuel Engola Junior in his remarks at the rally commended former aspirants in the NRM Primaries like Omodo Omodo Willy, Ambassador Julius Peter Moto, Rubanga Kene Augustine and Billy Otto for stepping down for him.
The Oyam North Parliamentary seat fell vacant following the death of the former MP. Charles Okello Engola who was gunned down by his bodyguard Wilson Sabiti on May 2, 2023, at his home in Kyanja-Nakawa Division, Kampala.