Lango Cultural Leaders Face Fresh Charges

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Police has added another charge of promoting war on chiefs against the individuals stating that their acts tantamount to promoting war against the legitimate cultural chief. According to the law, any person who promotes any war or warlike undertaking against any chief commits an offence and is liable to imprisonment for life upon conviction.

Police have slapped additional charges against seven members of Lango Cultural Foundation (Tekwaro Lango) who were arrested for holding an unlawful assembly.

The suspects include Vincent I Oling, the chairperson of Tekwaro Lango electoral commission, his deputy, Joan Pacuto and Rt. Col. Tonny Otoa, the former chairperson of the Constitutional Review Commission. Others are Tommy Odur Anang, Lucy Owino, Hamaza Okello and Micheal Odongo, all members of the commission.

Six of them were arrested on Friday last week and accused of holding an illegal assembly that elected Eng. Michael Odongo Okune as a parallel Paramount Chief of Lango disregarding the existence of Yosam Odur Ebii, as the known Paramount Chief.

The seventh person Tonny Otoa was arrested on Sunday morning when he visited his colleagues at Central Police Station, Lira. They were subsequently charged with holding unlawful assembly and uttering false documents.

However police has added another charge of promoting war on chiefs against the individuals stating that their acts tantamount to promoting war against the legitimate cultural chief. According to the law, any person who promotes any war or warlike undertaking against any chief commits an offence and is liable to imprisonment for life upon conviction.

David Ongom Mudong, the North Kyoga Region police spokesperson says their files have been taken to the Directorate of Public Prosecution for legal advice.

The development comes a day after Police summoned Eng. Michael Odongo Okune, one of the clan heads in Lango for organizing, funding and holding an illegal assembly that elected him a parallel Cultural Chief of Lango.

Odongo, the clan head of Okar-Omwono also the Executive Director of Uganda Road Fund was elected the new cultural chief by more than 120 clan chiefs constituting the council of Owitong under Tekwaro Lango during meetings held in Lira town on Thursday.

Odongo reportedly secured 111 votes against his only challenger Stephen Ajal who got 14 votes in the elections that took place at Palm Gardens Guest House and CHOGM Gardens.

 

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Denis Olaka
Denis Olaka is the URN bureau chief for Lira, in northern Uganda. Apac and Otuke fall under his docket. Olaka has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Olaka started his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter, anchor, and then editor for Radio Lira in Lira district. He was subsequently an editor with Lira's Radio Wa in 2004 and Gulu district's Mega FM.

He was also a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers.

Olaka's journalism focuses on politics, health, agriculture and education. He does a lot of crime reporting too.