Police Investigates Plot to Topple Lango Paramount Chief

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North Kyoga regional police spokesperson Mansur Suwed, said the clan heads were summoned after a complaint by Dr Richard Nam, the reigning Prime Minister of Tekwaro Lango, the Lango cultural foundation, accusing them of inciting violence, holding illegal meetings and interfering with the legitimate administration of the chiefdom.

Police in Lira have opened investigations into an alleged plot by six clan heads in Lango sub region, to topple the leadership of Lango Paramount Chief Yosam Odur.

Those under investigation are Col Tony Otoa, the head of Abwor clan, together with five other clan heads, with whom they have been sighted holding meetings against Odur's administration in recent weeks. Their latest meeting, attended by over 100 clan heads, was held on June 20, at Lango Cultural centre in Lira town.

The other leaders are Willy Omodo Omodo, the former minister of information, Tom Odur Anang, the head of Arak-Kwar-Nguny clan, Jolly Joe Omara and Joseph Apel.

The group was interrogated for over three hours at North Kyoga regional police headquarters at Erute village in Central division-Lira town on Tuesday.

North Kyoga regional police spokesperson Mansur Suwed, said the clan heads were summoned after a complaint by Dr Richard Nam, the reigning Prime Minister of Tekwaro Lango, the Lango cultural foundation, accusing them of inciting violence, holding illegal meetings and interfering with the legitimate administration of the chiefdom.

Dr Richard Nam confirmed lodging a complaint with police on the Conduct of the group members which he says raises suspicion.

Col Otoa confirmed that they were tasked to explain the motive of their frequent meeting and reasons for opposing Yosam Odur's administration. He says they were also warned against holding any further meeting on grounds that these, have become a security threat.

The group is the latest faction of clan heads to fallout with Odur accusing him of failing to honor the Karuma peace agreement which requires him to appoint a unity cabinet, conduct constitutional reforms and prepare processes for election of new paramount chief before his retirement in June, 2017.

Controversy sparked last month when Yosam Odur unveiled a new cabinet which was later sworn in at a ceremony at Lango cultural centre. But Col Otoa and Omodo Omodo contested the administration of oath saying it was invalid in the absence of a valid constitution governing Lango cultural institution.

At a recent meeting the group went ahead to constitute a 13-member committee to draft a new constitution as they continue demanding for the nullification of the appointed ministers.