March 4, 2024

Lango Chief asks government to translate highway codes into local language



By Voice of Lango Editorial (

Lango rival Paramount Chief Eng Dr. Michael Moses Odongo Okune has urged government to collaborate with Tekwaro Lango to translate highway codes into Lango language so that it can be used to intensify sensitization of road users in a bid to curb the increasing cases of roa

Dr Odongo who was addressing thousands of people during the swearing-in ceremony of Okar Omwono Kongo new clan chief, Mr Moses Odongo, at Wabinua Ward, Namasale Town Council in Amolatar on Saturday said there is need for the government to translate the highway codes in languages best understandable by most road users.

He said Tekwaro Lango is ready to partner with the government to translate the highway codes so that road users are sensitized to safely use the road and road signs for motorized road users among others.

These he says will greatly contribute to the reduction of road accidents that claimed seven lives in Lango including the former Erute county North Member of Parliament and clan leader of Onywal Ipyeda Charles Angiro Gutumoi Abacacon on Saturday.

“Most of our road users have little knowledge on how to safely use the road because they were not sensitized in the language they understand better,” said Odongo.

Adding “As Tekwaro Lango, we call upon the government to partner with us to translate this book and educate our people using our cultural leadership who are always on the ground. “

His call for a translated version of highway codes was highly welcomed by the regional traffic officer for the North Kyoga region SP Mathias Okwir Mulumba saying it will ease the work of traffic police officers in sensitizing masses on safe road usage.

In addition, The Paramount Chief also asked the National Resistance Movement Secretariat to ensure President Yoweri Museveni’s wise counsel to the country since 1986 is translated into various languages so that people can always refer to it in the future to educate new generations.

Odongo Okune explained that President Museveni’s speeches since 1986 on diseases like ebola, HIV /AIDS, tribalism and sectarianism, anti-poverty campaigns, education, afforestation, and many more are so educative and require storing in a booklet form for future accessibility.

“If possible, the NRM Secretariat should ensure these messages are produced in a book and local languages,” he said.

He says Museveni is comparable to former world leaders like Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. Radhakrishan was an Indian politician, philosopher, and statesman who served as the second president of India from 1962 to 1967.

Another is John Adams, a remarkable political philosopher, who served as the second President of the United States between 1797 and 1801 and Julius Kambarage Nyerere who was a Tanzanian anti-colonial activist, politician, and political theorist. He governed Tanganyika as prime minister from 1961 to 1962 and then as president from 1962 to 1964, after which he led its successor state, Tanzania, as president from 1964 to 1985.

Commenting about the recent by-election in Oyam North Constituency, Odongo Okune commended the electoral commission for conducting a peaceful and congratulated winner Dr. Eunice Apio Otuko for the deserved victory. He asked Dr. Apio to use her new responsibility to lobby for development from the government for the people of Oyam North and Lango sub-region.

To candidates who lost the election, Odongo urged them to continue giving social support because the future seems so bright for them since it is only two years to the general elections.
Earlier, on Saturday, Dr Odongo Okune rallied the people of Lango and the entire country to work hard and embrace the ongoing wealth creation campaigns by the government because it is aimed at liberating everyone from the oppression of poverty.

Tekwaro Lango primer, Mr George Ojwang Opota, called upon the people of Lango to support the leadership of Tekwaro Lango so that Lango can revive its lost glory and redevelop after the two-decade insurgency in northern Uganda.

The new enthroned Okar Omwono Kongo clan chief (Mr Moses Odongo) pledged to unite the clan and mobilise his people to support the government in eradicating poverty.

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