By Jakowiti Atwetch
Jeff Ochieng, 22 today Monday 16th December 2019 travelled all the way from Umoja Estate in Nairobi to attend 15th anniversary celebrations of FDC at Namboole National Stadium managed to hook up with his look-alike.
A Standard Media Group’s photojournalist still wonders whether he is Besigye’s son given the striking resemblance. For the last three months, Ochieng has not been at peace and now wants to DNA test to be done.
They first met on August 13 2014 after State-owned newspaper New Vision carried his picture and that of opposition leader Besigye on its website and newspaper.
In 2014, Ochieng who was working as a photojournalist for Standard Media Group then spent three months trying to know if there is any chance that Dr. Kizza Besigye is his dad.
He has never met his father and never got the chance to ask his mother Elisha Adhiambo who died close to 15 years ago.
His mother worked at the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).
He was raised by an uncle Julius Ombajo, who is an IT expert.
A resident of Umoja Estate in Nairobi, Ochieng went to Umoja 1 Primary School.
Eight years later, he joined Maina Wanjigi Secondary School in Eastleigh before going to college to study photojournalism.
Ochieng resembles Besigye even more than his actual son Anselm
When The Standard sent him to Kampala on assignment, people aboard the Kampala-bound bus, quizzed him on whether he knew Besigye.
He said when he was in school, his classmates called him by the same name and since he shared his Uganda experience his Standard workmates took to addressing him as Besigye.
But Besigye told New Vision: “I have never fathered anyone in Nairobi. There are many people who resemble me, but that does not necessarily mean I fathered them. I saw something like that (Ochieng’s photo) on the Internet and indeed the man resembles me. But that cannot make him my son.”
The two managed to link up and have a long chat.