Uganda Mourns: Cecilia Ogwal, Former Miss Uganda and Esteemed Parliamentarian, Passes Away at 77

In a somber turn of events, Cecilia Barbara Atim Ogwal, the revered Member of Parliament representing the Dokolo District Women’s Constituency and a former Miss Uganda, has passed away at the age of 77. Family sources disclosed that Ogwal succumbed to cancer at a hospital in India on Thursday morning.

Ogwal, recognized for her influential role in Ugandan politics, held a position in the parliamentary Committee of Physical Infrastructure, overseeing policy matters related to Lands, Housing, Urban development, Works and Transport, and Physical Planning. Additionally, she served as a member of the budget committee.

Born on June 12, 1946, Ogwal, a former defense contractor and management consultant, has been a consistent presence in Uganda’s legislature since 1996. In 1969, at the age of 23, she clinched the title of “Miss Uganda,” marking the inception of her remarkable journey.

The news of Ogwal’s passing brings a sense of mourning to Uganda, particularly among her colleagues, constituents, and the wider public. Anita Among, the Speaker of Parliament, expressed heartfelt condolences, stating, “It is with a heavy heart and pain that I announce the passing of our Mother, Mentor, and role model Imat Cecilia Atim Ogwal.” She extended sympathies to Ogwal’s husband, family, friends, the people of Lango, and colleagues, wishing her soul eternal rest.

This marks a poignant moment as Uganda bids farewell to one of its enduring political figures, leaving behind a legacy that resonates in the realms of politics, advocacy, and beauty, as exemplified by her historic Miss Uganda win in 1969.