‘Lango has lost a hero’ – Rest in Peace Macodowogo

(Last Updated On: 2 May 2023)

“Positive work culture and ethics are essential for transforming Ugandan into the Upper Middle Income status by 2040, attracting investment and improving productivity, profitability and competitiveness.” Col Rtd Charles Okello Engola, State Minister of Labour, Employment and Industrial Relations (Oyam North MP) on Labour Day, May 1, 2023.

Oyam, May 2, 2023: It’s a huge shock to Lango and the rest of the country. His death is not natural, it is manmade.

Lango and the rest of the country are mourning the killing of its son, a man who became a hero after his efforts helped pacify northern Uganda after years of LRA insurgency.

Col. Rtd P. Charles Okello Engola Macodwogo was killed by his bodyguard in Kyanja, a Kampala suburb.

Multiple reports indicate that the UPDF bodyguard, whose name has not been made available, also killed himself with the same gun.

Engola, until his unexpected death was the State Minister of Labour, Employment and Industrial Relations. He was a representative of the people of Oyam North in the 11th Parliament.

The minister last spoke during the Labour Day celebrations held in Naumutumba district on May 1.

During his speech, before inviting the Labour and Gender Minister, Betty Amongi (MP, Oyam South), he kept asking “every leader” present to rise and wave to the President – who was the Chief Guest.


Macodwogo was born to Chief Nasan Engola and Ketula Engola of Awangi, in Iceme sub-county, Oyam district.

He was killed aged 65 years.

“We have come to learn of the unfortunate incident at Kyanja ring road which led to the demise of Hon Rtd Col Charles Okello Engola this morning. We shall inform the public the details as we jointly investigate the matter,” a statement by the Defence Spokesperson reads.

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