June 18, 2024

Lango Chief Odur Ebii Steps down, to handover power in December 2024

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By Bonny Otim Ogwal (bonny.otim@vol.co.ug)

Lira City

The Paramount Chief of Lango Cultural Foundation (LCF) Yosam Odur Ebii has finally agreed to relinquish power and handover office to a new leader in December 2024.

Odur 94, has been in power for two decades now following his historic election in 2003 in Apac district by the council of Clan heads (Owitong).

According to a transition road map released by Yosam Odur Ebii on the 10th of October 2024 from his Teboke residence, the paramount chief believes that the frame work will foster a smooth transition of Lango cultural leadership.

Odur also used the opportunity to applaud everyone he worked with during his tenure of service both in government and cultural leadership.

Lango Cultural Foundation Spokesman, Jacob Ocen told Voice of Lango Fm in a telephone interview, Tuesday evening that his principal had decided to retire due to old age.

Ocen says, Odur now wants government to fast-tract the process of constructing Lango Cultural Palace whose construction ground breaking ceremony was presided by the former Speaker of Parliament the late Jacob Oulanya.

In the one year long road map, the electoral body mandated to organize the election of the new paramount chief will be sworn-in and inaugurated in October 2023.

In the last council of Owitong meeting, five proposed names of the electoral commission officials including retired head teacher Tom Otim, former MP Beatrice Lagada, Counsel Abwang Otim, Obong Acuda and former CAO Ben Ogwete Otim were approved.

Odur has also organized farewell tours in all the nine districts in Lango which will run for a period of four months commencing in February to June 2024.

From June to August 2024, Won Nyaci has granted opportunity to legislators hailing from Lango and well-wishers to make farewell visit to him at his residence in Teboke, Apac district

Also in the road map, the cultural leader wants the Kabaka of Buganda and Omukama of Bunyoro to visit the site where Kabaka Mwanga of Buganda and Kabalega of Bunyoro were given safe hide out by the people of Lango during their resistance of colonial incursions on their respective Kingdoms.

Yosam Odur will according to this road map also visit President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni at State House Entebbe for the last time in his official position as Won Nyaci in December 2024 before handing over instruments of power to his successor.

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