Lango Cultural Head Rejects Resolutions

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On Monday, the two factions met in face to face talks at Gracious Hotel in Lira town to discuss their differences and propose amendments to the constitution.

Fresh attempts to reconcile the warring Lango clan leaders have failed to yield results.In November 2012, a group of clan leaders led by Wakili Okello, the former speaker Lango clan leader’s council severed ties with Yosam Odur, the Lango paramount chief and formed a rival faction.

 The group accused Odur of being a government agent and failure to implement resolutions by the clan leader’s council, charges he vehemently denied. Various attempts led by religious leaders and elders to reunite the clan leaders failed to yield. On Monday, the two factions met in face to face talks at Gracious Hotel in Lira town to discuss their differences and propose amendments to the constitution.

During the meeting, representatives of both factions resolved that a draft constitution be presented to the joint assembly of clan heads before it is referred to the solicitor general for vetting.  However, on Tuesday, clan leaders loyal to Odur denounced the resolution saying they are not ready to proceed with any further negotiations with the rival group. Dr.Richard Nam, the Prime minister Lango Cultural Institution distanced himself from the arrangement.
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Dr. Nam insists that constitutional review exercise should be carried out and all the people of Lango must be consulted. He says Odur’s faction was being pushed to sign what is not relevant.

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According to Nam, they can’t be part of the group pushing for a short cut to constitutional reforms.

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George Rashid Opio, the head of Malakwanga clan instead accuses Dr. Nam of fueling the dispute. Opio explains that Odur’s faction participated in the mediation and signed the final settlement resolutions. A copy of the agreement obtained by URN show that Odur’s faction was represented in the talks by Patrick Abal, the deputy Prime Minister Lango cultural Institution, Edward Ogwang, the finance minister, Shaban Alunga education minister, Tom Odongo and health minister Christopher Jogole.
The rival faction was represented by Wakili Okello, the Speaker clan leader’s council, Benny Ochan, prime minister, his deputy Stephen Ajali and executive secretary Tom Odur amongst others. Ben Ogwang Ochoo, a member of the mediation team from Dialogue for Peace insists on pushing for reconciliation between the two factions. Bishop Tom Ibrahim Okello, a member of the mediation team has urged Odur’s faction to allow for a smooth reconciliation process.


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.