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Dokolo: Rosemary Alwoc Ogwal pledges to follow her mother’s footsteps 

(Last Updated On: 4 February 2024)

As voters of Dokolo await the official roadmap for a byelection from the electoral commission following the death of Cecilia Atim Ogwal, political consultations have started. 

The district woman MP, Cecilia Atim Ogwal died aged 77 on January 18, 2024, from India and was later buried on January 27 in Alito, Kole district.

As per the electoral and related laws, once an elective seat is vacant through death or an impeachment, a byelection has to be held within 60 days.

Now, following the loss of Ogwal, she has to be replaced in Parliament. Her daughter, Dr Rosemary Alwoc Ogwal (PhD) was endorsed by the family and she has started with consultations.

In her first consultative meeting on Saturday, February 3 at Tourist Hotel in Dokolo town, Alwoc met her late mother’s political foot soldiers and strategists.

She promised them a continuation of projects and initiatives her late mother left.

“For the people of Dokolo, I am here to accomplish Mama’s projects,” she said, adding, “As you have welcomed me in big numbers, I now encourage you to mobilise others as you have been doing to help my mother to vote for me.”

One of the promises an accomplished economist has made is supporting elders, school-going children, church constructions, and local leaders’ SACCOs, among others.

Alwoc has also promised to ensure that Dokolo Town Council is upgraded to a municipality. Upgrading Dokolo Health Centre IV to a district hospital with better service delivery is also on her agenda.

In his gesture of support, Dokolo LC5 chairperson James Otto Apili said that the community should support Alwoc Ogwal to go and complete her mother’s term of office.

“Rallying behind Alwoc Ogwal is just to show love to the family because of what Cecilia Ogwal did for the betterment of Dokolo district.

“Very soon, we are going to start fulfilling Cecilia’s pledges and other projects of providing choirs’ uniforms and distribution of mattresses to senior one students as usual,” Otto said.

Moses Otyek is the younger brother of Rosemary. He said their family was overwhelmed with gratitude when the body of their mother was brought to Dokolo and received a warm welcome.

“The love that Dokolo district gave to our late mother left us in shock, we want to continue with her projects.

“The family chose Rosemary Alwoc Ogwal to replace our late mother because she was behind most of Cecilia’s developmental projects while outside the country both materially and financially,” he told the meeting on Saturday.

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