Okello, a native of Aloi Sub County in the present-day Alebtong District is described as a brave man who fought against slavery imposed on the black people by Arabs in Zanzibar to ensure equal treatment among races in the land.
The family of the late Field Marshal, John Gideon Okello is seeking for assistance
and benefits from the Government of Uganda and Tanzania. The late Okello was a
Ugandan revolutionary. He led the Zanzibar Revolution in 1964, which saw the
overthrow of Sultan Jamshid bin Abdullah and led to the proclamation of
Okello, a native of Aloi Sub County in the present-day Alebtong District is
described as a brave man who fought against slavery imposed on the black people
by Arabs in Zanzibar to ensure equal treatment among races in the land.
He returned to Uganda and disappeared and disappeared
in 1971 during the Idd Amin led regime.
Okello’s family has been living in despair without any kind of assistance
from both the Tanzania and Ugandan governments.
members survive on subsistence farming. Okello’s widow, Erin Akao, says that
her husband left her with eight children following his arrest and had no one to
lean on for support. According to Akao, despite writing to both governments severally
for support, no one has come to their rescue.
In 2019, the
family petitioned President, Yoweri Museveni through Denis Hamson Obua, the
Ajuri County MP for his intervention to ensure that Okello is awarded a medals
and support to the family but has been done. A year later, the family is still
asking the Ugandan Government for help.
explains that her late husband’s properties such as iron sheets and other household items were destroyed while in Kampala and no one has contacted them for
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son, Moses Onyok wonders why their requests to the presidents haven’t been
answered despite the fact his father is a hero.
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Betty Akello, a member of the Palamyek clan, who describes the late as “a brave
man who had a vision” has pledged to offer the necessary support to the family through
mobilisation from the sale of a book about Okello’s life.
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Daniel Omara Atubo, the former Lands Minister, says it's only prudent that the
Ugandan and Tanzanian governments offer support to the family whose head was an
instrumental in the lives of so many people.