Court annuals marriage of ex-envoy to US

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Mengo Chief Magistrate’s Court has dissolved the marriage of former Uganda’s deputy ambassador to the United States, Dickson Ogwang and his estranged wife, Miriam Pheona Otengo.

This follows a one-year legal battle.

Ogwang was forced to return to Uganda in early 2018 following reports of battering his wife.

In December last year, he went to court seeking a divorce over verbal assault and infidelity.

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The presiding Grade One Magistrate, Hood Matovu, in his judgment on October 8, 2020, said since the two had failed to work on their marriage problems.

Thus he did not see any other reason for them to continue living as husband and wife.

The magistrate directed that both Ogwang and Otengo bear the responsibility of taking care of their children without dividing property until one of the parties petitions court to do so.

“It is hereby decreed that the decree Nisi granted on March 13, 2020, is hereby made absolute and the marriage between the petitioner and respondent is accordingly dissolved,” he ruled.

“The parties shall have joint custody of the issues, while in the United Kingdom where the respondent shall have primary custody, the respondent shall be responsible for the maintenance of the issues as she will be entitled to allowances including education allowances provided by the Government of Uganda.”

Ogwang and Otengo had been married for over seven years.

The two had their traditional marriage ceremony in 2011 and made it official with a civil marriage on April 09, 2014, before the Registrar of Marriages in Kampala.

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