The Speaker of Parliament Anita Among has eulogized the Dokolo Woman MP Cecilia Barbara Atim Ogwal, as a role model.
Ogwal’s death was confirmed on Thursday by the Speaker of Parliament, Anita Annet Among
Speaking from Late Ogwal’s residence in Bugolobi, a suburb of Kampala where she was conveying her condolence Lameck Ogwal, Among said that Ogwal inspired women to join Parliament.
“Hon. Ogwal was a devout Christian who put God first in all her deeds, a distinguished legislator with a strong national outlook, a remarkable public figure, and inspirational advocate for a just and fair society that works for everyone,” she said.
The former Leader of Opposition in Parliament – LOP, Mathias Mpuuga Nsamaba, described Cecilia Ogwal as someone who was immensely humane, committed, and someone who offered candid advice. He added that the late legislator left behind very huge lessons to birding politicians.
“When I joined Parliament 2011, she was among the senior legislators that we looked up to. She led us as Chief Opposition Whip and later on as Parliamentary Commissioner. She was a rare breed of politician because you would not be ashamed of what she would speak,” he said.
The Deputy Speaker, Thomas Tayebwa also eulogized Ogwal describing her death as truly heartbreaking. “You have left us during a time when we needed you the most. This loss is deeply felt, not only by Uganda but by the entire world, especially the parliamentary fraternity.
“You tirelessly worked to earn your place at the right hand of our Father’s throne. We now implore you to pray for us and intercede on our behalf. Your presence will be sorely missed, but your spirit will live on in our hearts,” Tayebwa said.
Tayebwa observed that Ogwal was instrumental in guiding and shaping local leaders, as well as advocating for a just global agenda where the voice of the global south was heard especially in the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States – OACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly.
“Imat Cecilia Ogwal, you have left us during a time when we needed you the most. This loss is deeply felt, not only by Uganda, but by the entire world, especially the parliamentary fraternity. Your death is truly heartbreaking. You were instrumental in guiding and shaping local leaders, as well as advocating for a just global agenda where the voice of the global south was heard especially in the OACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly. Your remarkable contributions will forever be etched in the annals of history,” he said.
NRM Secretary General Richard Todwong said: “Atat was extremely passionate about the qualities of a leader. She generously offered advice whenever she deemed it necessary, and I personally benefited from her insightful guidance on matters of public affairs. Our interaction transpired in such a manner that, on her initial visit to the NRM Secretariat, Hon. Cecilia Ogwal graciously extended greetings and offered a prayer for God’s protection in my professional endeavors. She exhibited remarkable warmth and kindness. During this encounter, I presented her with a copy of our publication, “The Legacy,” and extended an invitation to my colleagues, staff, and fellow party supporters who were present, for a collective photo opportunity with her. May she rest in peace.”
Security Minister Jim Muhwezi wrote: “I am deeply saddened by the passing of Hon. Cecilia Ogwal. Her unwavering dedication, fierce spirit, and tireless advocacy for justice inspired countless people. A true champion of her community and Uganda. My heartfelt condolences to her family, and friends, &the People of Dokolo.”
Works Minister Gen Katumba Wamala wrote: We have just received the sad news of the demise of Hon. Cecilia Ogwal. A lady who loved her country with passion. A nationalist who looked beyond party colors when addressing national issues whether locally or while in international fora. We have lost a political icon!
Agriculture Minister Frank Tumwebaze said: Despite being in opposition her positions were always anchored on logic and reason and not extremism. When I was first appointed as Minister in 2012 .she told me “my son , as your mother in this house I will be rebuking you in this house if u ashame me & do stupid mistakes”. And truly, every time she criticized/rebuked me on issues of work for the sectors I led, I would listen and know its out of love and good will. True Parent,she was to many of us!
Ogwal, passed away on Thursday in a hospital in India where she was reportedly undergoing treatment for a cancer-related illness.
The deceased served as Acting Secretary General of the Uganda People’s Congress – UPC and remained a high-ranking official in the UPC political party until 2004. During the 2006 parliamentary elections, she lost her Lira Municipality seat to Jimmy Akena, the son of UPC founder, and former President Apollo Milton Obote.
In 2011, Ogwal switched political parties and contested and won the Women’s Representative seat for the newly created Dokolo District and contested on the Forum for Democratic Change – FDC party ticket.
She was also a member of the Parliamentary Committee on Physical Infrastructure in charge of overseeing and covering policy matters related to Lands, Housing, Urban Development, Works and Transport, and Physical Planning. She was also a member of the budget committee.
She was a graduate of Commerce from the University of Nairobi). She also holds a Certificate in Human Resources Management from what was then called the Institute of Public Administration but is now known as the Uganda Management Institute. She holds two other certificates; one in Christian Based Values from the Haggai Institute, Singapore, and the other in Public Private Partnership, from Australia.
Ogwal worked at the Uganda Embassy in Kenya, as the Liaison Officer for Returning Ugandan Refugees. Further, she worked as the Operations Manager at the Uganda Advisory Board of Trade. She was one of the founders of the Housing Finance Bank in 1982.
She becomes the 4th serving Member of the 11th Parliament to pass on after Bishop Patrick Okabe the Representative for Serere County, former Speaker Jacob Oulanyah (Omoro County), Charles Okello Macodwogo Engola of Oyam North Constituency.