Walter Ochora Family Appeals for Government Help

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Ochora, the former Gulu District Chairman passed on in March 2011 after a short illness. Three years after his Death, his family lives in uncertainty, and his children are dropping out of school while the parents are languishing in poverty.

The family of the late Colonel Walter Ochora is appealing for financial support from Government to facilitate education for the fallen soldiers offsprings. They also need help to rehabilitate the ramshackled house in which Ochola’s mother lives.

Ochora, the former Gulu District Chairman  and RDC died in March 2011 after a short illness. Three years after his death, his family lives in uncertainty, and his children are dropping out of school while the parents are languishing in poverty.

Marcellino Ochen, a clan leader who spoke on behalf of the family says Ochora was taking care of 25 children, 6 of whom were his biological offsprings. They are however stranded with no hope for further education and employment.

The appeal was made during the Inaugural Walter Ochora Memorial Lecture held last evening in Gulu.

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Ejeria Auma, the late Ochora’s mother noted that although an engineer was sent to the home of the late Walter Ochora the last time they cried out to government for help, to date nothing has been done.

The late Ochora, who also served as a resident district commissioner in Gulu, actively participated in the processes for the restoration of peace in northern Uganda, a region that was ravaged by war for over two decades.

Norbert Mao, the Democratic Party president and former political rival, joined both the local and central government to mobilize funds and support the family of the fallen Acholi hero.


Walter Ochora Factfile

Birth: February 3, 1957

Village: Gulu

Education: Munduli National Army Leadership School, Tanzania

Army Service: Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) 1987-2011
                           Uganda People’s Defence Army (UPDA) 1986-1987
                           Uganda National Liberation Army (UNLA) 1982-1985

Politics: Gulu Resident District Commissioner 1996-2006

Ochora announced the downfall of the Milton Obote II government in 1985 after troops loyal to Tito Okello and Bazilio Olara Okello captured Kampala.

 

 

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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.