Betty Aol Ochan

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Betty Aol Ochan
Born (1958-11-28) November 28, 1958 (age 60)
ResidenceKampala, Uganda
Alma materMakerere University
(Diploma in Education)
Gulu University
(Bachelor of Development Studies)
Uganda Martyrs University
(Master of Development Studies)
OccupationTeacher, politician
Years active1981 – present
Known forPolitics
Home townGulu
TitleParliamentary Leader of Opposition (Uganda)

Betty Aol Ochan (née Betty Aol), also Betty Aol Ocan, is a Ugandan educator and politician, who has served as the Leader of Opposition in Uganda's Parliament since 3 August 2018.[1] She was appointed to that position by Patrick Amuriat, the president of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), the largest opposition party in the 10th Parliament (2016–2021).[2][3]

She also concurrently serves as the incumbent elected member of parliament representing Gulu District in Uganda's 10th Parliament.[4]

Background and education[edit]

Ochan was born on 28 November 1958. She attended Makerere University, Uganda's largest and oldest public university, graduating with a Diploma in Education in 1981. In 2006, she was awarded a Bachelor of Development Studies degree by Gulu University. Her Master of Development Studies degree was obtained from Uganda Martyrs University. She also holds a number of certificates in rural development, leadership and social work, from local and international institutions.[4]


Prior to joining politics, Ochan was a secondary school teacher from 1981 to 1990. Half of that time, until 1985, was spent at Layibi College, while the remainder of her teaching career was spent at Awere Secondary School.[4]

In 1990, she took up employment with the Kenya-based non-profit organization ACORD, based at its offices in Gulu, as a Rural Development Worker, serving in that capacity until 1995. She then worked as a program officer at St. Muritz Catholic Parish for two years until 1997.[4]

For the next nine years, until 2006, Ochan was a member of Gulu District Council. In 2006, she was elected to the Ugandan Parliament on the FDC political party ticket. She has been a member of parliament ever since.[4][5]


  1. ^ Otto, Alex (4 August 2018). "I Am Humble To Work With Everyone - Betty Aol Ochan". Kampala: Uganda Radio Network. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  2. ^ Daily Monitor Staff (3 August 2018). "FDC's Amuriat sacks Leader of Opposition Winnie Kiiza". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  3. ^ Winfred Kiiza Dropped As Leader Of Opposition, Replaced By Betty Ochan, as of 3 August 2018
  4. ^ a b c d e Parliament of Uganda (4 August 2018). "Parliament of Uganda Members of the 10th Parliament: Aol Ocan Betty". Kampala: Parliament of Uganda. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  5. ^ Monitor Reporter (4 August 2018). "Who is Betty Aol Ochan, the new LoP?". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 4 August 2018.