Bunyoro King To Intervene In Lango Leadership Row

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Bunyoro King Solomon Gafabusa Iguru has offered to intervene in the leadership disagreements that have rocked the Lango cultural institution. Since 2005, disagreements have pitted the Lango Paramount Chief Yosam Odur against clan leaders.

Bunyoro King Solomon Gafabusa Iguru has offered to intervene in the leadership disagreements that have rocked the Lango cultural institution.
 
Since 2005, disagreements have pitted the Lango Paramount Chief Yosam Odur against clan leaders. Though the clan leaders are the ones that elected the cultural leader in the same year, they accuse him of going against some of the constitutional provisions.
 
 While the constitution provides for a paramount chief aged between 60 and 80 years, the clan leaders claim that Odur is more than 80 years now but has failed to give way. This prompted the aggrieved clan leaders to elect a parallel cultural leader Benjamin Okii, whom they now pay allegiance to.
 
On Tuesday, about 20 clan leaders visited Bunyoro King Solomon Gafabusa Iguru to seek his advice on how to resolve the disagreements. The group led by Benjamin Okii visited the Omukama at his palace in Hoima town.
 
The group told the king that Odur had kept a deaf ear on demands by clan leaders for him to respect the kingdom constitution that among others calls for term limits. George Opio Rashid, the spokesperson of the Lango cultural institution or TEKWARO Lango, says interventions by central government and religious leaders to call the cultural leader to order have all proved futile.
 
Opio accuses the paramount chief of always snubbing such meetings that aim at solving this conflict in his kingdom. He says this is the reason they sought Bunyoro’s advice, since it’s a much more stable kingdom in Uganda.
 
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Addressing his visitors Omukama Iguru pledged to personally engage the paramount chief to discuss the issue. Iguru, who doubles as Chairman Uganda Kings and Cultural Leaders Forum, however, emphasized the need for unity in cultural institutions, saying continued divisions would pave way for re-colonization.
 
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The relationship between Lango and Bunyoro dates back to the colonial days when Omukama Cwa II Kabalega took ran to Lango during his nine-year war of resistance against the British. Starting in around 1890, the war raged on until 1899, when Kabalega together with Mwanga the Kabaka of Buganda were captured in the present day Dokolo district. ##