Lango Mediation Efforts Hangs in Balance

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In April 2018, several leaders in Lango including the Lango Parliamentary Group, LCV chairpersons and Lango Religious Elders forum established a committee chaired by Felix Okot Ogong to mediate the leadership wrangles in the Cultural Institution.

Efforts to reconcile the warring factions claiming the leadership of Lango Cultural Institution hang in balance. The Lango Cultural Institution is split into faction under Yosam Odur, the Lango Paramount Chief and his rival, Dr. Eng. Michael Odongo.



 
In April 2018, several leaders in Lango including the Lango Parliamentary Group, LCV chairpersons and Lango Religious Elders forum established a committee chaired by Felix Okot Ogong to mediate the leadership wrangles in the Cultural Institution.

 
The Committee was tasked to spearhead the reconciliation between Okune and Odur. However, Dr. Richard Nam, the Prime Minister of the Lango Cultural Institution, says nobody should push them in reconciliation since they have a gazetted constitution.
 

Nam says their administration has been reaching out silently to some members of the rival faction led by Dr. Okune, a claim Col. Tony Otoa, the strategic advisor on the rival side has dismissed.
 
 
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Odur's faction is the latest to snub the mediation efforts. Col. Tony Otoa was the first to reject the mediation citing conflict of interest by some members of the mediation team.

 
He specifically cited Felix Okot Ogong, the Chairperson of the mediation team, who he said has expressed interest to succeed Odur. However, Okot insists that he is in talks with key members of both factions.
 

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The mediation team has held one meeting since it was formed in April. The team hasn't been able to implement some of its planned activities including holding consultations with all ministers hailing for Lango, members of the Lango community, senior government officials and the Lango in the diaspora due to financial constraints.
 

This is the third mediation attempt to resolve the leadership dispute in Lango cultural institution. In 2013, a group of religious leaders led by Bishop Odur Kami and others tried to reconcile the two groups in vain.
 

 

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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.