Emmanuel Otala

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Emmanuel Otala
Born (1968-10-24) 24 October 1968 (age 48)
Residence Kampala, Uganda
Nationality Ugandan
Ethnicity Jopadhola
Citizenship Uganda
Alma mater Makerere University
(Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery)
(Master of Public Health)
Occupation Physician and politician
Years active 1999 — present
Known for Politics
Home town Tororo
Religion Christian
Spouse(s) Mrs. Otala

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] Before that, he served as the State Minister of Health for Primary Care from June 2006 until February 2009.[2][3] In the cabinet reshuffle of 27 May 2011, he was dropped and replaced by Mwesigwa Rukutana.[4] 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.[5]

Background and education[edit]

Otala was born on 24 October 1968 in Iyolwa Village in Tororo District. His father was Donosio Otala.[6] He attended Makerere University Medical School where he graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree.

Work experience[edit]

From 1999 until 2000, 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. From 2002 until 2004, he worked as a medical consultant with the Give Us Wings Children's Project, a Ugandan charitable non-government organization. From 2002 until 2005, Otala served as the medical director of the Tororo District Hospital.

Political career[edit]

In 2006, he entered politics by contesting for the parliamentary seat in his home area on the National Resistance Movement political party ticket.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Newvision Archive (18 February 2009). "Full Cabinet List As At 18 February 2009". New Vision (Kampala). Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Mukasa, Henry (2 June 2006). "Cabinet Ministries Allocated - 2 June 2006". New Vision (Kampala). Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Diego Angemi, Jessica Oyugi, Imran Aziz, and Timothy Kyamukama (25 April 2007). "Misguided Aid: The Money Flows, The Boy Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Uganda State House (27 May 2011). "Comprehensive List of New Cabinet Appointments & Dropped Ministers". Facebook.com. Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  5. ^ a b POU (2011). "Profile of Jacob Marksons Oboth, Member of Parliament for West Budama County South, Tororo District". Parliament of Uganda (POU). Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  6. ^ Otala, Emmanuel (19 October 2007). "Death Announcement of Donosio Otala On 19 October 2007". New Vision (Kampala). Retrieved 17 March 2015. 

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