Archbishop Odama, Mitala Awarded Honorary Doctorates

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Prof. Jack Nyeko Penmogi, the Vice Chancellor Gulu University, said the two have made significant contributions to the nation, region and society.

John Baptist Odama, the Archbishop of Gulu Archdiocese and John Mitaala, the head of Civil service and Secretary to cabinet are proud recipients of honorary doctorates of philosophy from Gulu University. 

The two received their honors during the 12th graduation ceremony of Gulu University held at the main campus this morning. The Archbishop Odama was awarded in honor of his significant contribution to the peace building processes, which led to the end of the two decade Lord's Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda. 

John Mitala was awarded for his distinguished services in public service spanning more than 40 years. While conferring the doctorates on the duo, Prof. Jack Nyeko Penmogi, the Vice Chancellor Gulu University, said the two have made significant contributions to the nation, region and society. 

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After receiving the honors, both Mitala and Odama pledged to do more for society and the nation. Meanwhile, Gulu University is to set up constituent college to transform Karamoja sub region.
Dr. John Muyingo, the Higher Education State Minister, says government has earmarked Shillings 500 Million to kick start the college next financial year. 

Gulu University played an instrumental role in establishing constituent Colleges, which have since evolved into Lira and Muni universities respectively.

It also contributes staff to Soroti University. It currently operates constituent colleges in Hoima and Kitgum. 
The University awarded four academic PhDs to among others the state minister for primary health care Joyce Kaducu. Sixty two out of the 1,372 students graduated with degrees in Medicine and surgery.


About the author

Peter Labeja
Peter Labeja has been a practicing journalist for the last 13 years during which he has covered part of the brutal conflict which bedeviled Northern Uganda as well as the painful transition to Peace thereafter. Emerging post conflict issues such as land rights of under privileged widows and orphans, challenges of access to social services in the immediate aftermath of Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

Labeja is now the Northern Uganda Bureau chief in Acholi Sub Region since 2014 - Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts as well as South Sudan falls within his areas of jurisdiction. He previously worked with The Vision Group for four years.

Labeja’s major career interests are in Climate Change; Agriculture and Environment - natural resources such as Water, Oil and Gas; Transitional Justice; Human Rights, Democracy and Governance as well as South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis. In 2013, Labeja was awarded a prestigious Pan African Journalism Award for excellence in journalism at United Nation’s UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya for Climate Change and Health Reporting.