Lira High Court Blocks Election of Lango Clan Head

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Rosemary Abereebe, the Registrar Lira High Court, issued a temporary injunction blocking the election, until the main application is disposed off.

The High Court in Lira has blocked the election of a clan head for the Lango Cultural Foundation.

Last week, one of the contestants Peninah Omolo, 80 was blocked by the foundation from contesting for clan head of Atek-Awili clan (Awitongship).She was supposed to contest against David Obonyo, Levi Okello Oula, and Jacob Opio.

In Lango Culture, Awitongship is the head of subjects and is second to the Paramount chief.

After she was blocked, Omolo through her lawyers Oloya and Company Advocates in Gulu filed a case at Lira High Court. The lawyers argued that the decision to block Omolo from contesting contravenes articles 21, 2, 246, 20 and 33 of the constitution, which calls for equal participation by women at all leadership levels.

Rosemary Abereebe, the Registrar Lira High Court, issued a temporary injunction blocking the election, until the main application is disposed off.

David Obonyo, Levi Okello Oula, and Jacob Opio.

Once allowed to contest and in case she wins the election, Omolo would be the first woman to assume the position of Awitongship under the culture of Lango. Currently Lango tribal group has a total of 152 and none of whom is a woman.

Jacob Ocen, the Lango Cultural spokesperson, Jacob Ocen says that it is against the norms and culture of Lango for a woman to be appointed the clan head.


 

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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.