By Norman Isaac Mwambazi
Outspoken Member of Parliament Odonga Otto who represents Aruu County in Pader district has been one of the longest-serving Members of Parliament (MP) in Uganda. The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) legislator has been in Parliament since 2001.
However, this is bound to change when this term ends and new members sworn-in come May this year, because just like a few others, Otto lost the election to a newcomer, independent candidate Christopher Komakech. Otto is only one of the few opposition politicians who failed to be re-elected into parliament.
As an FDC politician, Otto is ready to let the change take its course, as he has said that he is ready to be led, after being a leader for over two decades.
“We are stronger than we can imagine. Recently, I lost an election but I love the way the human mind incredibly adjusts. I am stronger in defeat than I thought I was and gladly take on unfolding life challenges. After 20 years on a fast lane let me take the slow lane. Time to be led.”
In Parliament, Otto has been not without controversy. He recently got involved in a fistfight with Kilak North County MP Akol Anthony.
During his 20 years in Parliament, Otto has served on the following committees in Parliament:
- 2011 to date – Chairperson, Parliamentary Sports Club
- 2013 – 2016 – Chairperson, Parliamentary Committee on Government Assurances
- 2011 – 2013 – Vice-Chairperson, Parliamentary Committee on Government Assurances.