Lango MPs Fail to Reconcile Warring Cultural Factions

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But the Paramount Chief and his ministers claim that they were never invited for the meeting convened by Dialogue for peace together with Lango parliamentary group. However, the rival faction headed by Prime Minister Baine Ocan together with other clan heads numbering over 50 attended the meeting I Lira yesterday.

Attempts by Lango parliamentary group to end a two year old leadership dispute at Lango Cultural Institution have hit a snag after the paramount chief Yosam Odur and his ministers boycotted a mediation meeting for the cause. 

The legislators are the latest group to mediate the dispute between Yosam Odur, the legitimate Lango paramount chief and a section of clan heads opposed to his administration.

The struggles date back to 2012 during the annual Lango Conference when some clan heads accused Odur’s administration of being politically biased to the NRM-government. They further claimed that Odur was being used by the government to spy on some people of Lango living in Diaspora.  

The clan heads further accused Odur’s administration of failing to accounts for huge sum of money donated to the Institution by both government and Non-Government Organizations.  The dispute has since seen Charles Olet appointed by the rival clan heads as the parallel paramount chief.

But the Paramount Chief and his ministers claim that they were never invited for the meeting convened by Dialogue for peace together with Lango parliamentary group. However, the rival faction headed by Prime Minister Baine Ocan together with other clan heads numbering over 50 attended the meeting I  Lira  yesterday.

Dr. Eng. Michael Odongo, the head of the Lango community in Diaspora and head of Okar-Omwono clan also says he was not invited for the meeting. Instead he accuses the parliamentary group of politicking instead of promoting reconciliation.

Dokolo County MP Felix Okot Ogong who chairs the Lango parliamentary group describes the turn of events as unfortunate.  Nevertheless, Dokolo Woman MP Cecilia Atim Ogwal says all is not lost. She adds that the parliamentary group will still use available means to resolve the conflict.

Baine Ochan the rival prime minister says they are ready to bring to an end the leadership dispute only if Odur’s administration is willing to listen. He however insists they will continue with preparation to officially coronate Charles Olet as the new paramount chief on September 25th, 2014.

 

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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.