Court has finally dissolved the 7 year old marriage between former Uganda’s Deputy Ambassador to the United States, Dickson Ogwang and his estranged wife, Miriam Otengo.
Ogwang who is now working in the Diaspora Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has reportedly been enduring a torrid marriage with his wife, Miriam Otengo, who is the mother of his two kids and thus, filed for divorce in December last year.
Miriam Otengo who is the young sister to Rebecca Amuge Otengo, ambassador of Uganda in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, was recently posted to Uganda’s Embassy in UK.
In the court ruling held on October 06,2020 at Mengo Chief Magistrates Court, His Worship Matovu Hood has granted the petitioner (Ogwang) the divorce request and dissolved his marriage with Miriam Otengo.
Court further ruled that the parties shall have joint custody of the issues including child custody.
“While in the United Kingdom where the respondent (Otengo) shall have primary custody, the respondent shall be responsible for maintenance of the issues as she will be entitled to allowances including Education allowances provided by Government of Uganda,” court ruled.
It added, “When the issues are in Uganda, the petitioner (Ogwang) shall play full responsibility over the issues as responsible father.”
On property sharing, court deferred until either party choose to reopen the matter by coming back to court if he/she so wishes.
In her response, Miriam Otengo had demanded that court grants her 80% of her husband’s property in Gayaza and Shs4m per month on child support.
Ogwang rubbished the claim as “madness” saying that it is ridiculous for her to claim 80% of a property where she made zero contribution and did not even do any monitoring when she was in Kampala.
Ogwang and Otengo have been married together for over 7 years. The two had their traditional marriage in 2011 before having a civil marriage in April 09, 2014 at the Registry of Marriages in Kampala.
According to family sources, Amb.Ogwang endured a bad marriage with Otengo characterized with disrespectfulness, deception and promiscuity among others. However, when the provocations from his wife became too much, Ogwang lost his cool and reportedly beat her up.
Having failed to save his marriage, Ogwang filed for divorce on December 09, 2019), citing verbal assault from the respondent (Otengo) and involvement in extra-marital affairs.
“That while in Uganda, the respondent (Otengo) embarked on acts of inconsistent of a married woman. This included in getting involved in extra-marital affairs with a Kenyan man she only called Onyango. She also got involved in partying, orgies and pornography,” Ogwang’s petition reads in part adding that due to the cruelty, assaults, slander, defamation, abusive phone messages and calls from Otengo, the marriage has “irretrievably broken down.”
Ogwang also accused Otengo of harsh and cruel treatment including physical assaults, threatening violence and slander.
It is alleged that Miriam Otengo almost smashed Ogwang’s head with a bottle at Bukoto, tried doing the same while in Washington by throwing a heavy sound speaker aimed at his head and even gave him a surprise heavy slap while he was asleep.
Otengo was also accused of abdicating her responsibility as a mother and wife by abandoning her children who were both under two years old and she returned to Uganda living the ambassador to hassle with kids in US with only the help of a nanny.
Since February 2018, Ogwang and Otengo have lived separate lives without any form of association and during the October 2018 clan meeting, the two agreed that their marriage had collapsed and that Ogwang would not demand the refund of dowry, but desired to have custody of his children as culture and custom demands.
In his petition, Ogwang demanded to retain ownership of his Gayaza home so that he raises his two lovely kids and that Otengo retains the property at Naalya with children from her previous relations.