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Uganda’s Former Under UN Sec Gen Olara Otunnu Promises To procure Vaccines For Ug From the Diaspora



Uganda’s former diplomat and under secretary general of the United Nations Hon. Amb. Dr John Edward Olara Otunu has offered to help the Uganda government procure Covid19 vaccines in the shortest time possible so as to vaccinate the re-upal portion of the population. The international market in the past month has faced shortage of vaccines this most none vaccine manufacturing countries like Uganda have failed to procure vaccines in this time. The United States one of the big manufacturers has procured set up mass vaccination centres for the Afghanistan evacuees who are fleeing the Taliban wrath.

Olara A. Otunnu a former Ugandan politician, diplomat, and lawyer and formerly President of the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC), a political party, from 2010 to 2015 and stood as the party’s candidate in the 2011 presidential election. Otunnu was Uganda’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 1980 to 1985 and served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1985 to 1986. Later, he was President of the International Peace Academy from 1990 to 1998, and he was an Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict from 1997 to 2005.

While speaking at NBS Tv on Wednesday, Otunnu told his audience that given his former position in the international community, it would take him the least time to procure vaccines for the separate population of Uganda.

Otunnu was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan as Special Representative for Children in Armed Conflict on 19 August 1997, taking office on 1 September 1997.

Otunnu ran in 2010 to succeed Miria Obote, wife of former President Milton Obote, as president of the UPC. On 14 May, he defeated her son, Jimmy Akena, at a UPC delegates conference. UPC nominated him in November 2010 as its presidential candidate. On election day in 2011, however, he refused to vote, even for himself. He received 1.58 percent of the vote.

Awards and nominations
Otunnu has received several major International awards, including the Distinguished Service Award from the United Nations Association of the United States of America (2001); German Africa Prize (2002); the Sydney Peace Prize (2005); and the Global Award for Outstanding Contribution to Human Rights (India, 2006). In 2007, he received the Harvard Law School Association Award, presented by its president Jay H. Hebert and Elena Kagan (an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States).

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