Henry Oryem Okello

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Henry Oryem Okello
Born (1960-01-21) 21 January 1960 (age 57)
Residence Kampala, Uganda
Nationality Ugandan
Citizenship Uganda
Alma mater University of Buckingham
(Bachelor of Laws)
University of Southampton
(Master of Laws)
General Council of the Bar
Occupation Lawyer & Politician
Years active 1988 — present
Known for Politics
Home town Kitgum
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 2004. In the cabinet reshuffles of 1 June 2006,[1] that of 16 February 2009,[2] and that of 27 May 2011,[3] 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. [4]

Background and education[edit]

He was born in Chwa County in Kitgum District on 21 January 1960. His late father is General Tito Lutwa Okello (1914–1996), who served as President of Uganda between July 1985 and January 1986.[5]

Oryem Okello holds the degree of Bachelor of Laws with Honors, from the University of Buckingham in the United Kingdom, obtained in 1985. He also holds the degree of Master of Laws, 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.[4]


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 continuously 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.[4]

He did not contest his parliamentary seat during the 2006 elections. However, he still remained a member of parliament, in 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. 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 then 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.[6]

Personal details[edit]

Henry Oryem Okello is married. He is reported to enjoy global Affairs, military affairs and sports.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mukasa, Henry (2 June 2006). "Cabinet Ministries Allocated". Ne Vision (Kampala). Archived from the original on 11 December 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Newvision Archive, . (18 February 2009). "Full Cabinet List As At 18 February 2009". New Vision (Kampala). Archived from the original on 13 February 2015. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Uganda State House, . (27 May 2011). "Comprehensive List of New Cabinet Appointments & Dropped Ministers". Facebook.com. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c POU, . (2011). "Profile of Oryem Henry Okello, Member of Parliament for Chua County, Kitgum District". Parliament of Uganda (POU). Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  5. ^ Titus Kakembo, and Joel Ogwang (25 January 2012). "Tito Okello: The President Who Was Kept On His Toes". New Vision (Kampala). Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  6. ^ Mubiri, Ruth (23 March 2011). "MP Okello Okello Blames Government for His Defeat". Uganda Radio Network (URN). 

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