The Forum for Democratic Party presidential candidate, Patrick
Oboi Amuriat cancelled his campaigns in Dokolo on Friday to allow for the peaceful
burial of Margret Alyek Okello, the sister to the FDC Northern Uganda Vice
Chairperson, John Baptist Okello Okello.
Instead of holding his campaign, Oboa opted to attend the
burial where he briefly addressed the mourners before leaving for Amolatar.
his speech, Amuriat explained his relationship with the Okello family, which
explained his decision to cancel his campaign.
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He also used the opportunity to apologize to the mourners and the people of
Dokolo as a whole for appearing at the burial barefoot, saying it's his way of
“I came to this funeral and I would like you to forgive me for
walking without shoes, I am very lucky that they never took my legs, the legs
are still here so I can still walk,” he said.
Adding that, “Today I walk without shoes as a demonstration of support of the
oppressed and marginalized Ugandans.”
Cecilia Ogwal, the Dokolo Woman MP
appreciated Oboi for upholding his promise and asked him to forgive his
offenders and preach peace.
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Earlier on, Dr. James Okello, a professor of psychiatry at
Gulu Referral Hospital and member of the family, who described Ugandan Health
Care system as “bogus” warned politicians at the funeral not to fill their
heads with lies.
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In his response, Oboi appreciated the young doctor for
speaking the truth about the current state of affairs in the country and promised
to do better, once elected.
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The late Margret Alyek Okello worked as a secretary at
Makerere University until 2010 when she retired. Alyek, who is survived by 5
children and 15 grandchildren, was laid to rest at Acengryeng cell in Dokolo