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Chris Obore

Who is Chris Ariko Obore? Flash Uganda Media looks at his biography, age, wife, family, tribe, relationship with Jane Kibirige, Rebecca Kadaga, the late Jacob Oulanyah, Daily Monitor, early life and education of the current Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the Parliament of Uganda.

Chris Ariko Obore is the current Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the Parliament of Uganda. He was formerly a journalist for the Daily Monitor.

Early life and Education

Chris Ariko Obore was born at the Atutur hospital in Bukedea, Teso sub-region, Uganda. 

With three residences, Obore’s primary residence is in Bukedea where his mother comes from in Malera. He spent his early years in Atutur, in the Kumi neighbourhood. He is a married man with children. 

Chris studied his primary one in Korir and primary two in Bukedea. The majority of his primary school years were spent at Kapokina Primary School in Atutur while staying at his Aunt’s home.

After passing Primary seven, Chris went to Nabumali where he stayed for two years without studying during the Teso insurgency which disrupted livelihoods in 1986. 

He was then taken to Mbale by one of his paternal uncles where he spent another year and also learnt to drive. He resumed his secondary studies in senior two at Nkoma SS in Mbale. 

He then went to Tororo college and returned to Nkoma SS to sit for his senior four Uganda Certificate of Education. He obtained an Aggregate of 22, higher than any other student in Mbale in that year. 

However, he registered a 9 in Mathematics due to intentionally refusing to do the paper which made him graded in second grade. 

He was then admitted back to Nabumali at a private school Progressive SS by Hassan Wasswa Galiwango where he studied all through on a bursary. 

He was also awarded a certificate for being the best academician. He sat for his A-level examinations at Mbale SS since Progressive didn’t have a centre number then.

In 1998, he briefly joined Makerere University where he pursued a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Political science and French before he was uprooted by Dr Galiwango to do Mass Communication at Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU) at a time when the university had just started.

He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication from IUIU. He later graduated from Uganda Management Institute (UMI) with a Master’s in Public Policy and Governance in 2018.

Chris Obore is affiliated with the Pentecostal church. His favourite meal is Atap (Kalo) and g.nut sauce.

Career and Professional Work Experience

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Chris Ariko Obore was a writer for the Daily Monitor in his first month at university in 1998. He continued with this career even after his studies and later became an investigative journalist till his appointment in Parliament.

In 2015, the Nokrach committee appointed him as the Director of Communication & Public Affairs (CPA) in the Parliamentary Service after ranking first in all levels of the interview conducted on 20th May 2015. 

He scored 77.86% while Charles his only competitor scored 67%, he was thus appointed to the position.

On 20th September 2019, Obore was locked out of his office and forced to take his accumulated leave. He was later issued another letter extending his leave indefinitely. 

Two years later, in 2021, he resumed his office after the victory of Oulanyah and the defeat of former Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga who had cited his incompetency thus sacking him from his position. 

Controversies

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Chris Ariko Obore was placed on forced leave in 2019 when the Clerk to Parliament, Jane Kibirige, informed him that an investigation by the Inspectorate of Government had shown irregularities in his hiring at Parliament.

Obore was hired by the Parliament Commission, which was headed by the previous Speaker Rebecca Kadaga. But still, the Inspectorate of Government (IGG) discovered that at the time of his hiring, he lacked the necessary academic credentials for the position.

Both a master’s degree in a related discipline and an honours degree in media studies were required of the applicants.

In addition, the applicant was required to have ten years of work experience, at least some of which must have been spent in a communication/public relations department or in the information, protocol, and public affairs department of a reputable institution, or at the assistant commissioner level in a government institution.

However, Obore only had a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and he had been hired while he was an investigative reporter for the Daily Monitor.

Obore, the Parliament’s Communication Director made a controversial allegation by tweeting prior to the Government’s confirmation of the late Speaker Jacob Oulanyah’s death that hackers were infiltrating Wikipedia and posting false information claiming Oulanyah died on 14th March. 

This was later confirmed by the Government as the rightful date making the public point fingers at Obore as incompetent in his office.

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