The Uganda People’s Congress party (UPC) has described its fallen National Party Chairman, Lawrence Engirot Okae as a complete asset, who devoted all his efforts towards serving the party.
Okae died from Friends of China Hospital in Naguru on January 4, 2021, where he had been admitted due to Pneumonia infections.
“Comrade Lawrence Okae has been a dedicated congressman through and through, right from his home district of Soroti, where he contested on UPC ticket for his home constituency as an MP in 2006, though he did not make it to Parliament. He helped a lot in guiding the Party with the rebuilding processes,” Arach Oyat Sharon, the party Spokesperson told reporters
“He dedicated his time to training youth in ideology and history. He was a Party delegate and member of National Council,” she added.
Oyat said that Okae’s contribution to the Party during this most important time in the history of the Party of rebuilding and pursing dialogue will be missed forever.
“On several occasions, he presented and articulated well researched UPC positions in various fora’s and he also featured with various media houses on regular talk shows as a UPC panelist,” she said recalling,
“When the Mulungushi Club was relaunched (a club that helped in the decolonization and independence struggles), Comrade Lawrence E. Okae was among the leaders who used to represent the Party at every activity of the Club. We shall greatly miss his guidance and debates as well as specialized lectures,”
Who is Okae Lawrence?
Okae was born on September 5, 1958 in Kabata Village, Kumi district, to late Papa John Okalebo of Kumi.
He studied at Angopet Primary School from P.1 to P.6 and later joined Oyimai Primary School for his P.7. He attended Soroti Secondary School for his O’level, studied a Diploma in Accounting at KASNEB.
Okae later upgraded and graduated with Bachelor’s degree in accounting at IUIU Kibuli Campus, later he proceeded with master’s degree in accounting and finance in the same institution.
Between 2009 and 2010, Okae was one of the party dedicated members who promoted the UPC Ideology School and helped a lot in the instruction work in Teso sub-region.
In 2015, he was elevated to the position of UPC National Chairman, a job that required him to travel across the country spreading the congress message and conducting trainings, workshops, and conferences.
He reclaimed his position in September 2020, during the party Delegates Conference that was held at Kasangati Hotel Resort.