The move follows years of unsuccessful attempts to harmonize cultural differences related to norms, beliefs and practices of reconciliation among the 55 clans that make up Ker Kwaro Acholi. Polly Phillip Okin Ojara, the newly Appointed Prime Minister of the Institution, says governing the 55 clans by a single Constitution will tantamount to gross violations of the rights of the different clans.
The move follows years of unsuccessful attempts to harmonize cultural differences related to norms, beliefs and practices of reconciliation among the 55 clans that make up Ker Kwaro Acholi.
Polly Phillip Okin Ojara, the newly Appointed Prime Minister of the Institution, says governing the 55 clans by a single Constitution will tantamount to gross violations of the rights of the different clans.
Okin P. P as he is commonly known, says having federal Constitutions he termed as ‘guiding principles peculiar to the different clans’ will protect and preserve cultural diversities within Ker Kwaro Acholi.
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The Acholi Cultural Institution is currently running on the unwritten rule since government restored cultural leaderships. This lack of a single central constitution has been subject of debate among subjects for a very long time, with very little breakthroughs.
Okin who has been serving the institution as a Volunteer since 2006 before he was elevated to the Prime Minister’s office, says the Council of Chiefs - the Supreme Policy making Organ of Ker Kwaro Acholi is stuck on which direction to take.
Okin says the council resolved to have the palace of the Paramount Chief operated on manuals or frameworks he describes as 'guiding principles, discussed and endorsed by the Council in a General Assembly. He says the manuals will contain universally accepted principles and practices related to Financial and Assets Management, Marriage and Divorce, Land Use and Environment among others.
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The Prime Minister says unity can still be achieved among the different clans without a central constitution, under the wise counsel and guidance of Council of Elders who will work very closely with the Rwodi or Chiefs.
He says it is hoped operating on Federal Principles of Governance will facilitate the revitalization of strong informal justice systems, capable of addressing crucial issues left by the formal justice system.
The Prime Minister cites effective mediation in land conflicts, reconciliation and restoration of broken relationships among conflicting parties.
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Information obtained separately from Ker Kwaro Acholi reveals that several clans are already making own policies in Clan monthly general Assemblies to revitalize economic productivities and social welfares.
Ker Kwaro Paibona, in Awach Sub County, Gulu district under the leadership of Rwot Raimondo Torach, banned the use of electronic music systems at funerals to preserve culture of funerals and contain the spread of HIV/AIDS among subjects.
The Clan is also enforcing high moral standard and agricultural production by punishing members addicted to alcoholism and those guilty of family neglect.