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Field Marshal Okello's Family Seeks Support from The Ugandan, Tanzanian Gov'ts

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.
Okello's widow and son in a group photo with clan leaders

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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 Zanzibar Republic.

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.  

The family 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.  

Akao 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 help.

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Okello’s 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.

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