Dokolo Woman MP Cecilia Ogwal dead; Here’s what we know so far

Deceased Dokolo Woman MP, Hon Cecilia Ogwal speaks on the floor of Parliament recently. PHOTO | COURTESY

Kampala, (UG): Dokolo Woman Member of Parliament Hon Cecilia Barbara Atim Ogwal, commonly known as Cecilia Ogwal is dead.

Ogwal, 77, who has been MP since 1996, succumbed to cancer in India according to reports from close family members.

Her death was announced by Bukedea Woman MP and Speaker of Parliament, Rt Hon Anita Among in a post via X on Thursday morning.

“It is with a heavy heart and pain that I announce the passing of our Mother, Mentor and role model Imat Cecilia Atim Ogwal, the Honourable Member representing the Women of Dokolo District,” Speaker Among posted.

“I send my sincere sympathies to her dear husband and the family, friends, the people of Lango and colleagues! May her soul find eternal rest.”

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Born on 12th June 1946, Ogwal, often referred to as the country’s “iron lady” for her criticism of the regime was among the Constituent Assembly delegates.

Since 1996, she represented the people of Lira Municipality up to 2005 when she lost the seat to Mr Jimmy Akena.

The former Ugandan beauty queen-turned-politician then joined the Forum for Democratic Change after falling out with UPC and contested for the Dokolo District Woman seat in 2006, a position she held till date.

At the time of her untimely death, Ogwal was serving as 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.

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She was also a member of the budget committee.

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