April 15, 2024

Lango Cultural Foundation accuses Minister Amongi of siding with illegitimate group

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By Denish Ongora (denish.ongora@vol.co.ug)

Lira City

Lango Cultural Foundation has accused Minister of gender, labor and social development Betty Amongi Akena of siding with illegitimate group which do not have the legal mandate of making decisions on running affairs of Lango Cultural institution.

On 21st of February 2024, Amongi wrote to the Lango Cultural Foundation embattled electoral commission Chairperson Tom Otim, saying she had designated an officer from the Ministry of gender to attend a  planned council of Owitong meeting to observe how the supreme body (Council Owitong) will exercise their power to resolve the disputes in the transition period.

According to Amongi, the observer will also be interested in determining the position of majority of the clan leaders to help them resolve all the letters reporting contradictory positions issues regarding elections of the new paramount chief.

Addressing media conference at Pacific Grand Hotel-Lira City, the Minister of information at Lango Cultural Foundation Jacob Ocen Jacob, said on various occasions, Minister Amongi has been writing to some people who are fighting to wrestle power from legitimate Lango cultural leadership and sidelining the legally known Teboke administration of Yosam Odur Ebii.

Ocen said the Minister’s letter to electoral commission chairman Otim Tom was uncalled for, since the Won Nyaci had sacked him and the entire electoral commission.

Ocen maintained that election of new paramount chief will be held in November this year and not on the 1st of March 2024 as mentioned by some clan leaders.

 George Rashid Opio, the principal private secretary for Lango paramount chief accused some clan leaders who attended the meeting that was not convened by speaker Benson Dila Oyuku of fanning disagreement in Lango cultural institution.

Opio said Lango cultural foundation currently has no electoral commission and election will only be held in November after appointing new electoral commission.

Effort to speak to minister Betty Amongi over the matter was futile, but in her February 21st letter, Amongi acknowledges receiving a letter from Won Nyaci notifying her of various disputes regarding the procedures of electing his successor but says under the traditional or cultural leaders act 2011, the powers to resolve all issues raised by Won Nyaci is vested on the clan leaders, or council of elders or a representative body elected by the community.

Addressing journalists on Wednesday, Willy Omodo Omodo who was elected as interim speaker of Lango cultural institution said he is ready to chair a meeting on Monday Council of Owitong speaker Benson Dila Oyuku does not turn up for the meeting.

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