Lango Paramount Chief Announces Unity Cabinet


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Yosam Odur, the Lango paramount chief has announced his unity cabinet three weeks after the rival camps agreed to dissolve their Cabinet and form a unity government.

Odur says the new appointments will see a promotion of peace and unity among clan heads. It is also aimed at ending bitter quarrels amongst clan heads that had paralyzed the cultural institution for close to five years.

The leadership crisis at Lango Cultural Institution dates back to 2012 when some clan heads rejected a decision by the paramount chief to invite President Yoweri Museveni to preside over the Lango conference that brought together Lango living in Diasporas.

The disagreement saw a section of clan heads install a rival paramount chief, Charles Olet.

However, the rival groups agreed three weeks ago during a peace mediation held at Karuma heritage garden, under the stewardship of Lango Diocese Bishop Charles Odur Kami to dissolved their cabinets and form a unity government.

Odur announced the new cabinet on Thursday, during a council meeting held at Lango Cultural Centre.

The reshuffle has seen various clan heads that were initially opposed to Odur's administration appointed to the new Cabinet.

They include; George Rashid Opio in charge of Works and Baine Ochan, the former rival group's Prime Minister has been appointed the minister in charge of economic planning.

Others are; Jurababwel Opio Okori appointed the gender and social development minister and Joseph Olet Magezi appointed in charge of trade, commerce and industry.

Dr.Eng.Micheal Odongo Okune, the former head of Lango living in Diasporas has been  appointment as the new Foreign Affairs minister.

The position of the Prime Minister which was occupied by Dr. Richard Nam has been left vacant.

Olet says their appointment will enable fast promotion of peace and unification among clan heads.

Ochan says he is happy with Odur's decision to accept working with the rival group. He urged section of clan heads still oppose to Odur's administration to consider peace and unity of Lango.


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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.