Government Mediates Lango Leadership Crisis


In short
TIn August this, the rival clan heads denounced Odur and appointed Benjamin Okii as parallel Lango paramount chief.

Government has offered to mediate the conflict in Lango Cultural Institution, the Tekwaro, which led to the installation of a rival paramount chief.  It all started in 2012, after clan leaders led by Wakili Okello, the former speaker of the clan leader’s council disagreed with Yosam Odur, the Lango Paramount conference over the Lango conference.
The clan leaders rejected the conference citing the heavy involvement of government in its preparations. However, Odur went ahead and convened the conference, where several resolutions were passed including revising the constitution governing the cultural institution. In August this, the rival clan heads denounced Odur and appointed Benjamin Okii as parallel Lango paramount chief.

Now, government through the office of the Prime Minister has offered to mediate the conflict between the two factions. Rebecca Amuge Otengo, the state minister for Northern Uganda is leading the mediation talks on behalf of government. On Monday, Otengo met the leadership of the rival clan heads led by Benjamin Okii, the rival paramount chief and his Prime Minister Baine Ochan at hotel Margarita in Lira town.

Ochan welcomed the initiative by government to bring together the warring factions.
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Benjamin Okii, the rival paramount chief says there are ready to cooperate to end the conflict since government has intervened. Rev. John Charles Odur Kami, the bishop of Lango diocese whose attempt to mediate the crisis hit a dead end has also welcomed the government intervention.
However, the faction of Odur, the legitimate Lango paramount chief is reluctant about the ongoing talks. Willy Omodo, the spokesperson of the paramount chief says they are skeptical about the talks. He however says they are exploring other avenues to end the conflict.
The rival group had initially accused government of siding with Odur’s faction. Recently, Lira High court declared Okii’s faction illegal and illegible to transact any business on behalf of Tekwaro Lango.


About the author

Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.