Esther Akullu

Esther Akullu Otada ‘sure’ of Dokolo woman MP by-election victory

(Last Updated On: 5 February 2024)

Dokolo voters will head to the poll within 60 days following the death of woman MP Atat Cecilia Atim Ogwal on January 18, 2024, in India.

The senior politician, an icon Lango will forever miss, died aged 77. She was laid to rest on January 27 in Alito, Kole district.

After losing her Lira Municipality MP seat in 2006 to Atin Kic Jimmy Akena Obote, Cecilia, in 2007 contested in Dokolo to represent women. She won that election and was subsequently elected ’til 2021.

Now, after her death, constitutionally, her vacant seat has to be re(occupied).

Although the electoral commission has yet to issue a roadmap and date for the anticipated by-election, preparations and consultations are already taking place by office seekers.

With more than five women interested in the empty Legislative seat including the deceased daughter Rosemary Alwoc Ogwal, Esther Akullu Owor Otada has told tndNews why she’s the right person to replace the former MP, and what her manifesto and campaigns will look like.

“I am offering myself for the by-election to serve the people of Dokolo, Uganda and Africa at large.

“I was born and raised in Dokolo 45 years ago, and only crossed to Bunyoro by marriage to Sam Owor Amooti Otada. God blessed us with three children, aged 24, 22 and 15.

Esther Akullu said when she contested in the last election of NRM primaries, it had so many challenges, you all recall. “I respected party candidate. So, can I disrespect her now? No, never.” This is the reason why she is contesting on an independent ticket.

Asked if she loses the by-election and whether 2026 will be another opportunity, she answered: “Let’s focus on NOW! I will go through. I am a positive thinker as well as a positive doer. So, Dokolo people will all show me love and we shall unite all colours, tribes, race, age; and religion because wealth and poverty have no boundaries.”

Akullu has pledged an “inclusive manifesto and campaigns” for Dokolo – describing herself as “an astute, versatile and highly conscientious individual”. These attributes, she said drove her to professional practices across different institutions.

Who’s Esther Akullu?

Briefly, she is a programme management specialist and has worked with the Ministry of Finance under the Resource Enhancement and Accountability Programme (REAP). At the same Ministry, Esther worked as Head of Planning and M&E until June 2020.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Sector Planning and Management from Makerere University and Masters of Arts Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI).

Akullu also holds a First Class Post-graduate Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation from Uganda Management Institute, Kampala, among other notable qualifications.

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