Police In LIra Block Election of Rival Paramount Chief

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Security operatives in Lira district have today blocked the election of a parallel Paramount chief by clan heads opposed to the existing leadership of Lango Cultural Institution.

Security operatives in Lira district have today blocked the election of a parallel Paramount chief by clan heads opposed to the existing leadership of Lango Cultural Institution.
 
Heavily armed Anti-riot police personnel under the command of Ashraf Seiko Chemonges, the Lira District Police Commander, dispersed the rival clan heads’ meeting that was being held at Hotel Pacific in Lira town.
 
In late 2013, Benjamin Okii was appointed as the acting paramount chief by a group of clan heads opposed to Yosam Odur, the legitimate Lango Cultural leader. Okii was appointed during a meeting held at Akii-Bua stadium. On Friday, the group headed by Okii had gone to formalize the appointment of the paramount chief but they were blocked before the election.
 
This is not the first time when the group is being blocked by the security operatives.
 
In December 2013, Lira high court quashed and blocked the operation of the rival group under Okii. The court decision stemmed from a suit filed by the authentic leadership of Lango Cultural Institution under Yosam Odur.
 
Central North regional police spokesperson Mansur Suwed says the rival group was blocked due to the standing court order prohibiting any gatherings by the faction.
 
Mansur advised the group to challenge the court order instead of resorting to holding illegal gatherings.
 
He described the Friday election as illegal and that police shall from time to time continue to disperse or block any gatherings by the rival group.
Benny Ochan, the rival prime Minister described police action as a total infringement with intent to discourage them from upholding and promoting the Culture of Lango.
 
Ochan says 100 clan heads had turned up to participate in the foiled election.
 
After being dispersed and blocked from accessing the venue

 

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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.