The appointment of Resident District Commissioner [RDC] of Lira has come as a surprise to most people he’s going to manage their security for unpredictable years.
Mr Odongo – who replaces Robert Abak in last month reorder, was the deputy RDC of Lira before he was transferred to Amuru district – where he made headlines before he was taken to Kasese district.
From Kasese, he was sacked and had to stay home for sometimes, with the community.
Like anyone; notably a man who would not slumber after losing his job or fortune, Odongo never slept. He was awake and busy reading the political subject matter of our motherland.
In 2017, as Ugandans were busy debating constitutional amendment on article 102[b], now allowing president Museveni to rule for ‘perpetuity’, Odongo, locally, played a profound role.
He came out from his pastoral life, mobilized people in Lango and commanded a demonstration trekking through streets of Lira town. The demonstrators held placards; all with words showing support to the constitutional amendment and Mr Museveni.
That broadcast demo, strategically organized to sensitize locals, especially those in Lango sub-region was attended by NRM cadres and NRM district leaders.
In his mobilization concept paper dated August, 2, 2017 to popularize NRM achievements and received by President Museveni, it won him an RDC job, again.
“Uganda became a protectorate in 1894 under British Colonial rule for 68 years and had its long problem because of the bad starts from colonial rule and after it gained independence in 1962, there were problems of State Inspired Killings during Idii Amin’s reign of terror, tribalism, sectarianism, kingdoms fighting one another, underdevelopment, magendo economy, frequent change of government resulting to loss of lives and destruction of infrastructures,” Odongo wrote.
He went on to say between 1962 to 1985 Uganda had changed eight presidents, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni being the 9th President from 26, January, 1986 to date.
“The NRM under the leadership of President Museveni came to power in 1986, liberated the country, inherited the problems that were created by past regimes and that is why when he was being sworn in on 29, January, 1986 President Museveni told Ugandans that NRM’s coming to power is not a mere change of guard but to cause a fundamental change,” Lira RDC further wrote in his concept paper.
With Lango sub-region as his area of interest, outlining Museveni’s achievements to Ugandans, Odongo said restoration of peace, stability, and political, social and economic development were paramount in Museveni’s mind.
“When Muzee Obote Milton was overthrown in 1985, the Ugandan Army [UA] was 8,000, Amin’s Army was 20,000 yet Karamojong had 40,000 guns in the hands of wrong elements in the villages; the guns caused insecurity to the neighboring districts with Karamoja. President Museveni disarmed and removed all the 40,000 guns from Karamojong,” Odongo felt proud, adding, “Under Presidnet Museveni, there’s peace with neighboring countries.”
Like President Museveni has always boasted about professionalism of his [Ugandan army], Odongo equally boasts of professional army, police and other security agencies, claiming: “who are disciplined and with high respect and observe human rights.”
“There is peace in the country with exception of isolated cases of criminal elements that calls for neighborhood watch by all Ugandans and report suspicious elements to LCs and the security agencies for immediate response,” he claims.
On economic [infrastructure] development in Lango sub-region, he says NRM has brought projects worth more than shillings 80 billion, citing rehabilitation of Uganda Technical College [UTC Lira] whose project took shillings 10 billion, Abilonino National Instructors College in Kole district refurbished at shillings 42 billion, among others.
Politically, Odongo said Museveni has created more districts in Lango, a development he says has created employment and improved service delivery inline with decentralization.
“He [Museveni] has created a good political atmosphere for survival and operations of other political parties in the country. There’s freedom of worship, expression, assembly and press,” he claimed.
However lately, and years ago, a number of opposition supporters and Lawmakers have been arrested, charged and denied right to leave their homes by security agencies.
Kizza Besigye of FDC, Erias Lukwago of DP – also Kampala Lord Mayor, Betty Nambooze – Mukono Municipality MP [DP], Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine – Kyandondo East MP [independent], among others have been attacked by government’s security agencies.
Nationally, Mr Odongo said road sector has been taken seriously by his NRM government with 40,000 kilometers of roads tarmacked from 8,000 kilometers in 1986.
“In the next 5 years [he said in 2017], 2,000 kilometers of roads will be tarmacked, details are in NRM manifesto,” he added.