Professor Ogenga Plots Political Comeback Top story

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In his last statement on the floor of parliament as leader of opposition made on the 10th May 2011, Professor Morris Ogenga Latigo the former MP for Agago district and former Leader of Opposition said he will be back in Parliament after five years.

Professor Morris Ogenga Latigo, the former Leader of Opposition in parliament-LOP says he is ready to bounce back come 2016. The former Agago county MP says he is ready to come back and rescue his electorate from poor representation. Ogenga served two terms in parliament after defeating Justice Alphonse Owiny Dollo who was then a state minister.
 
He however, lost the seat to little known John Amos Okot, an Agronomist in 2011. However, Latigo says he has started reaching out to his supporters and gathering resources for his 2016 election bid. He says that is offering himself for the love of his people and the fact that, the incumbent is not doing enough for the constituency.
 
Ogenga says Agago and Acholi region in general still face the consequences of insurgency, which he says takes experienced and genuine leaders with a voice for the people. Now, Ogenga says as his strategy he plans to network with the Agago district leadership at the grassroot level to sell himself through his weekly visit.
 
Despite keeping a low profile, Ogenga has been involved in Advocacy especially on land rights and post conflict justice in Acholi. Ogenga says that it is because of the respect that people hold for him that he has chosen to aspire again.


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When asked about his previous performance, Ogenga says that his major role in Agago was the extension of electricity that the people are currently enjoying.
 
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Godfrey Okello, a businessman in Agago County says Ogenga left a very big gap since he was ousted. He says that the power project in the entire Acholi region was initiated by Ogenga.
 
Okello says the former leader of opposition stands a very high chance of going through come 2016 adding that Amos Okot, the incumbent has lost support of the people as he has not performed to their expectation.
 
Okot advises Ogenga to first clean up his past, which caused his downfall before seeking re-election. According to Okot he isn't afraid of Ogenga because he ousted him from parliament.  
 
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General Mugisha Muntu, the FDC president has welcomed the decision by Ogenga to seek re-election saying it is always good to have experienced and dedicated leaders in a drive to attain Democracy. He says the return of Ogenga will boost the opposition, which has missed him for the time he has been away.  

 

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