The woman representative of Dokolo District; Cecilia Ogwal passed on today morning; the 18th of January 2024.
It is with great respect and admiration that we reflect upon the life and achievements of Cecilia Barbara Ogwal, a prominent figure in Ugandan politics. Cecilia Barbara Ogwal has been a dedicated and influential force in shaping the political landscape of Uganda and one of the respected voices in Uganda’s August House.
Ogwal’s journey began in the local schools of Uganda, and in 1967, at the age of 21, she embarked on her academic pursuits at the University of East Africa in Nairobi (now the University of Nairobi). Graduating in 1970 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, she further honed her skills with a Certificate in Human Resources Management from what was then the Institute of Public Administration, now known as Uganda Management Institute. Additionally, she held certificates in Christian Based Values from the Haggai Institute, Singapore, and Public Private Partnership from Australia.
Cecilia Barbara Ogwal’s career spanned various fields, showcasing her versatility and commitment to making a difference. From 1979 to 1980, she served as the Liaison Officer for Returning Ugandan Refugees at the Uganda Embassy in Kenya. Subsequently, she assumed the role of Operations Manager at the Uganda Advisory Board of Trade from 1980 to 1981. Notably, in 1982, she played a pivotal role as one of the founders of the Housing Finance Bank and served until 1984. Her influence extended to the Chairmanship of the Uganda Development Bank from 1981 to 1986.
Ogwal’s foray into politics was marked by her role as the Acting Secretary General of the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) from 1985 to 1992. In 1994, she participated in the Constituent Assembly, contributing to the drafting and promulgation of the 1995 Ugandan Constitution. A staunch member of the UPC political party until 2004, Ogwal faced the political tide during the 2006 parliamentary elections, losing her seat but resurging in 2011 as the Women’s Representative for the newly created Dokolo District, this time under the Forum for Democratic Change party.
Cecilia Barbara Ogwal was not only a seasoned politician but also a dedicated mother of seven natural children and several adopted ones. Her impact extended beyond her family, as she emerged victorious in the “Miss Uganda” contest in 1969 at the age of 23.
Within the parliamentary arena, Ogwal played a crucial role as a member of the Committee of Physical Infrastructure, overseeing policy matters related to Lands, Housing, Urban Development, Works and Transport, and Physical Planning. Additionally, she contributed to shaping the national budget, serving as a member of the budget committee.
A Lasting Legacy
As we bid farewell to Cecilia Barbara Atim Ogwal, her legacy stands as a testament to a life well-lived in service to Uganda. Her contributions to politics, business, and community development have left an indelible mark on the nation’s history. The void left by her passing will be felt deeply, but her impact will endure through the lives she touched and the positive changes she brought forth.
In honoring Cecilia Barbara Atim Ogwal, Uganda acknowledges the loss of a remarkable leader, and her memory will continue to inspire future generations in the pursuit of excellence and service to the nation.
The details of the cause of her death will be shared later