Ex-LRA spokesman excels at Gulu University

Monday January 23 2012

By Moses Akena & Livingstone David Okumu

As he completed a remarkable journey from the life of a rebel to a graduate, former LRA brigadier Samuel Otto has regretted the 26 years he spent in the bush, saying it thwarted his dream of becoming a university lecturer.

Mr Otto, who got a second class upper degree in Business Administration, was one of the 1,121 students who were honoured at Gulu University’s 7th graduation at the main campus on Saturday.

He said the journey was challenging but expressed gratitude for finally making it, adding that his time in the bush was the will of God, which he does not regret.

Mr Otto, hitherto a spokesperson and political commissar of the rebel outfit, was commonly known as Brigadier Sam Kolo and during the war, was one of the most common faces of the rebels after championing efforts for peace talks before finally abandoning rebellion in 2005.
The 49-year-old, who studied under the government scholarship scheme, also regretted why many of his colleagues are still in the bush.

“We would be jubilating with them,” he said, adding that his decision to major in business was to help him fit in well in this volatile world economy.
“The world is built on business and needs people with business minds to help it prosper,” he said.

Mr Otto claims his studies were interrupted in 1979 while he was in Senior Four at St. Joseph’s College Layibi in Gulu.


Asked if his dream of being a scholar still stands, Mr Otto said it depends on any available funding opportunity that will come his way.
He, however, says his dream now is to settle with his family after five years of progressive studying.