During the rule of Idi Amin, p'Ojok fled to Kenya, settling in Nairobi, where he became the chief engineer of the Kenyan Electricity Utility company. Together with Yonna Kanyomozi, Ephraim Kamuntu, Richard Kaijuka and other prominent Ugandans living in exile, p'Ojok founded the Save Uganda Movement (SUM), one of the anti-Idi Amin organizations that subsequently united under the banner of Uganda National Liberation Front (UNLF) with groups having a reciprocal aim who, together with Tanzanian armed forces, removed Idi Amin in 1979.
During the Uganda-Tanzania War, p'Ojok was a leading figure in the military coalition between Uganda National Liberation Army (UNLA, the military faction of UNLF) and Tanzania People's Defence Force, which resulted in Amin's overthrow. He later became the Vice President of UNLF, which de facto ruled Uganda immediately after Idi Amin. Akena p'Ojok was chosen to become the President of Uganda after Yusuf Lule (who was President after Idi Amin) however, following The Moshi Conference, Godfrey Binaisa was instead appointed as President.
When political parties were being formed in preparation for the 1980 General Elections, p'Ojok vied for leadership of Uganda Patriotic Movement (UPM), but Yoweri Museveni was instead chosen for the post. Akena p'Ojok then joined Uganda People's Congress (UPC), and became Member of Parliament for Gulu West Constituency, having beaten his main competitor, Anthony Ocaya of the Democratic Party. Uganda People's Congress won the elections (which were bitterly contested). Akena p'Ojok became the Minister of Power Posts and Telecommunications, and later held various positions as Cabinet Minister in the government of UPC's Milton Obote.
In 1985, Obote's government was deposed in a coup led by Tito Okello and Bazilio Olara-Okello. In 1986, in the aftermath of the chaos which followed the coup, Yoweri Museveni's National Resistance Army, which had been fighting against Obote's government for six years, seized power. Akena p'Ojok declined several personal offers from Museveni to join his government and in 1987 was arrested and charged with treason for allegedly amassing weapons to overthrow the government. There is no record of his being found guilty of the charges, but he was sent to prison. In 1990 he was released by presidential pardon of Museveni, after which he left Uganda and settled in the United Kingdom.
Since the 1990s, Akena p'Ojok has lived with his wife and children on the outskirts of London.
A FIRSTHAND PERSPECTIVE; THE STORY OF A BOY; Despite help from benefactors and admirable performance in school, Dennis Ojok's future remains precarious, like those of many African orphans.(WORLD)
Oct 23, 2006; Byline: Shashank Bengali Gulu, Uganda -- MCCLATCHY FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT Eight months ago, in the dirt courtyard of a children's...