Henry Oryem Okello
|Henry Oryem Okello|
21 January 1960 |
|Education||Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
University of Buckingham, Buckingham, UK
Master of Laws (LLM)
University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom
|Occupation||Lawyer & Politician|
|Years active||1988 — present|
|Title||State Minister for Foreign Affairs (International Affairs)|
Henry Oryem Okello is a Ugandan lawyer and politician. He is the current State Minister for Foreign Affairs (International Affairs). He was appointed to that position in 2005. In the cabinet reshuffles of 1 June 2006, that of 16 February 2009, and that of 27 May 2011, he retained his cabinet post. He has previously served as State Minister for Sports, from 2001 until 2005. He also serves as the elected Member of Parliament for "Chua County", Kitgum District.
Oryem Okello holds the degree of Bachelor of Laws (LLB) with Honors, from the University of Buckingham in the United Kingdom, obtained in 1985. He also holds the degree of Master of Laws (LLM), from the University of Southampton, also in the UK, obtained in 1989. He was a practicing Barrister-at-Law in Britain, before he left to join Uganda's politics in 2001.
He practiced as a legal executive between 1988 and 2000, in the United Kingdom. In 2001, he was elected to represent Chwa County, Kitgum District, in the Ugandan Parliament, serving in that position until 2006. He was appointed Minister of State for Education and Sports, responsible for sports, serving in that capacity concurrent with his parliamentary responsibilities, until 2005. In 2005 he was appointed to his current ministerial position. Between 2001 and 2005, he served as the Anglophone Vice President, Supreme Council for Sports in Africa.
He did not contest his parliamentary seat during the 2006 elections. However, he still remained a member of parliament, as an ex-offico capacity, on account of being a cabinet minister. Between 2006 and 2008, he served as a member of the government delegation to the Juba peace talks between the Ugandan Government and representatives of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). On many occasions, he was the Deputy Leader of the Uganda Government Delegation, led by Ambassador Ruhakana Rugunda, at that time the Ugandan Minister of Internal Affairs.
In the 2011 National Elections, Okello Oryem defeated the them MP for "Chua County", Okello Okello, of the Uganda People's Congress political party, to regain his parliamentary seat. He is the current incumbent MP.
- Full of List of Ugandan Cabinet Ministers May 2011
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- Kitgum District Homepage