Emmanuel Otala

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Emmanuel Otala
Born (1968-10-24) 24 October 1968 (age 46)
Uganda
Residence Kampala, Uganda
Nationality Ugandan
Ethnicity Jopadhola
Citizenship Uganda
Education Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)
Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
Master of Public Health (MPH)
Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
Occupation Physician & Politician
Years active 1999 — present
Known for Politics
Home town Tororo
Religion Christian

Emmanuel Otiam Otala is a Ugandan physician and politician. He served as the State Minister for Labor in the Ugandan Cabinet, from February 2009 until May 2011.[1] Prior to that he served as the State Minister for Health (Primary Healthcare), from June 2006 until February 2009.[2] In the cabinet reshuffle of 27 May 2011, he was dropped from the cabinet and was replaced by Mwesigwa Rukutana.[3] He also served as the elected Member of Parliament (MP) for "West Budama South" Constituency, Tororo District, from 2006 until 2011. During the 2011 national elections, he lost to Jacob Marksons Oboth, an Independent politician, who is now the incumbent MP.

History[edit]

Dr. Otala was born on 24 October 1968, in Iyolwa Village, in Tororo District. His late father was Donosio Otala.[4]

Education[edit]

He attended Makerere University Medical School where he graduated with the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) degree. He is currently pursuing a masters degree in public health, from Makerere University School of Public Health.

Work experience[edit]

From 1999 until 2000, Dr. Otala worked as a pharmaceutical sales representative for Medreich Sterilab Pharmaceutical Company, through Surgipharm (Uganda) Limited. He then worked as a medical officer at the Association for the Cooperation between Ticino, Switzerland and Uganda, from 2000 until 2001. During the same period he worked as the Deputy District Director of Health for "West Budama South", the same area that he represented in parliament from 2006 until 2011. From 2002 until 2004, he worked as a medical consultant with Give Us Wings Children's Project, a Ugandan charitable non-government organization (NGO). From 2002 until 2005, Dr. Otala served as the Medical Director of Tororo District Hospital.[5]

Political career[edit]

In 2006, he entered politics, contesting for the parliamentary seat in his home area on the National Resistance Movement (NRM) political party ticket. He won that seat and served as the area MP, from 2006 until 2011. In the 2011 national elections, he lost that seat to Jacob Oboth, an Independent politician, who is the incumbent. Dr. Otala was appointed State Minister of Health for Primary Care in 2006.[6] On 16 February 2009, Dr. Otala was appointed State Minister in the Ministry of Labor.[7] In a cabinet reshuffle on 27 May 2011, he was dropped from the cabinet.

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