PROFILE: Who Exactly Was Charles Engola, the Ugandan Minister Shot Dead by Bodyguard in Kyanja?

Charles Patrick Okello Engola Macodwogo, the Oyam County North MP and junior labour minister. Courtesy Photo

On the morning of Tuesday, May 02, 2023, a bodyguard killed his boss Charles Engola, the junior (state) Ugandan minister of Labour, Employment and Industrial Relations, before shooting himself dead in Kyanja in the capital Kampala.

Here is a quick look at Minister Engola’s profile:

Full name: Charles Okello Macodwogo Engola

Date of birth: October 12, 1958

Profession/Position: Politician, retired Colonel in the Uganda People’s Defence Force

Role by the time of death: State Minister for Labour, Employment and Industrial Relations and Oyam North MP.

Parents: Chief Jago Nasan Engola and Ketula Engola of Awangi, Iceme, Oyam District

Grandfather:  Rwot Olong Adilo

Great grandson of Rwot Olwa Abelli of Iceme


Attended Soroti Secondary School

2010: Obtained his Bachelor of Development Studies from Kampala International University (KIU)

2013: Awarded a Master of Public Administration and Management from KIU


Commanded UPDF 501 Brigade situated at Opit in Gulu District and was praised for efforts to fight Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA)

2007: Promoted to the rank of colonel

2007: Retired from UPDF


2006: Elected Oyam District LCV Chairman

2011: Reelected Oyam District LCV Chairman

2016: Elected Oyam North MP

June 2016: Appointed Minister of State for Defence

2021: Reelected Oyam North MP

2021: Appointed State Minister for Labour, Employment and Industrial relations

May 02, 2023: Shot dead in Kyanja, Kampala (See Details Here)

You can read more details on Minister Engola’s shooting and more on the bodyguard who shot him HERE.

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