Omoro District Finally Constitutes Govt

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Councillors on Wednesday evening elected National Resistance Movement candidate Damascus Odongo, the Lakwana sub county councillor their speaker in the second round of voting.

Omoro district local government has finally formed a new government after the election of speaker earlier ended in deadlock.

Councillors on Wednesday evening elected National Resistance Movement candidate Damascus Odongo, the Lakwana sub county councillor their speaker in the second round of voting. The victory came after the two candidates polled equal number of votes during the first round. 

The other candidate, Francisco Watdok Awori contested the position under the Forum for Democratic Change ticket. He lost to Odongo with two votes after Odongo garnered nine votes. They also elected Pascal Nyerere Aaron, the councillor  representing Odek sub county as deputy speaker. 

Douglas Peter Okello, the Omoro district chairperson then appointed Watdok, who represents Koro Sub county, as the Secretary for Works and technical services. 

Gulu chief Magistrate Deogratius Ssejjemba had suspended voting after the two contestants shared equal number of votes on three separate attempts. 

During the meeting, Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah denied allegations that he bribed councillors to vote against Damasco Odongo. He said some councillors were blaming him for dishing out 18 million shillings to councillors to deny Odongo their votes. 

Omoro is one of the four new districts that became operational in July this year. The others are Kagadi and Kakumiro both curved out of Kibaale district and Rubanda which until this year was part of Kabale district.

 

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Peter Labeja
Peter Labeja has been a practicing journalist for the last 13 years during which he has covered part of the brutal conflict which bedeviled Northern Uganda as well as the painful transition to Peace thereafter. Emerging post conflict issues such as land rights of under privileged widows and orphans, challenges of access to social services in the immediate aftermath of Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

Labeja is now the Northern Uganda Bureau chief in Acholi Sub Region since 2014 - Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts as well as South Sudan falls within his areas of jurisdiction. He previously worked with The Vision Group for four years.

Labeja’s major career interests are in Climate Change; Agriculture and Environment - natural resources such as Water, Oil and Gas; Transitional Justice; Human Rights, Democracy and Governance as well as South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis. In 2013, Labeja was awarded a prestigious Pan African Journalism Award for excellence in journalism at United Nation’s UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya for Climate Change and Health Reporting.