BY SHARON AKELLO
One of the re-known gospel singer in Lango turned politician who lost the Lc3 seat in the 2021 elections and sitting for Uganda certificates of Education said he decided to go back to school due to poor academic background.
Peter Otim alias Peter boy, a local Gospel singer turned politician, in Northern Uganda, is one of the 124 candidates sitting the Uganda Certificate of Education [- UCE ]exams that began on Monday.
Otim is writing his exams at Green Hill secondary school, located in Lira City West Division. Lira City which has 124 senior four candidates sitting for UCE exams in 2020.
The celebrated gospel singer, a P.7 leaver lost Aduku Town Council LCIII chairperson race to Rolex Oyari, who holds bachelor’s degree in Education in the 2021 general elections. However, Otim’s return to school is a step taken to encounter his boss in the 2026 general elections.
“To me I won’t have been defeated in the just concluded elections if it wasn’t because of my poor academic background but now am optimistic that through furthering my studies that have started doing it now I shall be in a better position of retaining my seat back in the new 2026 general elections,” He added.
He claims that he was defeated in the just concluded LCIII Chairperson race because he lacks good academic papers to convince electorates to trust him with the office.
“I decided to go back to school so that I can advance my carrier and increase my earning potentials because education is the key to everything,” He said.
The singer sat Uganda Primary Leaving Examinations at Ikwera P.7, Kwania district in 2009 and obtained aggregate 24 but could not continue for secondary education promptly when his father died not until 2019 when he resumed secondary school from senior three at Green Hill SS-Lira.
Life has never been easy for Otim when he was assumed the office of vice-chairperson LCIII, prompting him to resume studies.
He rallied other adults with low academic background not shy away from going back to studies since it expands one’s life skills.
Sawmill Owiny, a S.4 student at Green Hill SS has described Otim as a very influential person who always gives young students’ advice that encourages them to study higher.
Meanwhile, Suwed Asiya, the school headteacher of Green Hill, SS has hailed Otim for going for further studies.
According to her, Otim is stubborn but has good conduct and has been performing so well especially in Art subjects.
Meanwhile the Chief Executive officer of Universal interlink company Uganda limited Lira, is also among the candidates who are sitting in for the Uganda Certificate of Education exams that started on Monday.
Opio decided to go back to school after dropping out of school 14 years ago.
At 37 years, Opio who is believed to have achieved everything one needs in life says a good academic background is a key to the management of a flourishing business and he is optimistic that he will pass the exams.