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Museveni appoints Odoki Lira varsity chancellor


Benjamin Odoki

President Yoweri Museveni has appointed former Chief Justice Benjamin Odoki as the first chancellor of Lira University.

Lira University (LU), is one of the eleven public universities and degree-awarding institutions in the country.

The university campus is located on approximately 500 acres (200 ha) of land, about 5 kilometres (3 mi), by road, southwest of downtown Lira along the Rwekunye–Apac–Aduku–Lira–Kitgum–Musingo Road.

The university first opened in August 2012 with 100 students and has been operating without a chancellor.

At that time the institution was a constituent college of Gulu University and was known as Gulu University Constituent College Lira.

It was also referred to as Lira University College.

In June 2015, the Uganda Ministry of Education elevated the college to university status, effective in the 2016/2017 academic year, which begins in August 2016.

About the chancellor

Benjamin Josses Odoki (born 23 March 1943), who becomes its first ever chancellor, was the Chief Justice of Uganda from 2001 to 2013.

He was born in Dhaka, Busia district, in east Uganda and was educated at King’s College, Budo and at the University College, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where he was awarded a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1969.

In 1969, he became an Advocate of the High Court of Uganda and was appointed a State Attorney in 1970 and Senior State Attorney a few years later.

In 1978, he was made a Judge of the High Court of Uganda but from 1981 to 1984 was seconded to serve as Director of Public Prosecutions.

In 1986, he was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court and in 2001 became Chief Justice of Uganda until his mandatory retirement at the age of 70 on March 23, 2013.

He did however serve a three months extension until June 23, 2013.

He is married with four grown-up children.

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