The transfer, expected 19 years ago, faced delays due to regional instabilities. The ritualistic transfer of power occurred at Akiriket, one of the largest shrines in Lotisan Sub County. It involved the sacrificial offering of a black bull, symbolizing the transition from darkness to light within the community.
Simon Nangiro, the Chairperson of the Karamoja Elders Association, emphasized that there is already a cultural system that should be strengthened to bring together all the different cultures in the region. He pointed out that having another parallel Elders' forum may lead to confusion.
Addressing journalists at a media center in preparation for the National HIV/AIDS Symposium, Daniel Byamukama, Head of HIV Prevention at the UAC, provided a comprehensive overview of the current state of the HIV/AIDS response and ongoing efforts to combat the epidemic. Byamukama noted that, despite initial misconceptions about the strategy, the number of people seeking circumcision has increased, particularly among young adults.
Mark Aol Musoka, an elder appointed as the Minister for Peace and Security, notes that while the initiative was commendable, it was rushed and lacked comprehensive consultations. He expressed concerns that the institution's viability could be compromised due to this hurried decision-making process.
However, the initiative has met resistance from a section of Elders who have rejected the cultural institution, alleging that they need a lot of time to do consultations over the matter.
The Karamoja Cultural Leader, to be known as Papaa Angasuban was chosen by representatives of the Elders Council, drawn from districts across the region. Each District sent two representatives to the meeting in which 81-year-old Peter Adei from Abim district was named the Interim cultural leader.
During the three-day retreat held at Maria Flo Hotel in Masaka City, the Buganda parliament representatives passed a resolution to engage the central government to allow them to use the carrot and stick approach, to enforce hard work among the youth.
Kyemba’s life story is illuminated by his years of service as the Private Secretary to Presidents Apollo Milton Obote and Idi Amin Dada, a minister in the Amin and Museveni governments, a member of the Constituent Assembly that made the 1995 constitution, and a Member of the Sixth Parliament of Uganda.
Abraham Nangiro, the Napak District Agricultural Officer, says that the communities should consider starting up kitchen gardens for vegetables to improve food security instead of sitting to wait for relief support.
However the district officials have advised the residents to make the best use of the available water sources such as boreholes to grow vegetables in order to rescue the hunger situation and avert malnutrition.
Swaib Toko, the Madi Okollo Resident District Commissioner (RDC) and chairperson of the HIV/AIDS Committee explains that teenage prostitution has become a significant security threat, resulting in a rise in new HIV/AIDS infections within the district.
A significant number of people from villages like Naput in Rupa Sub-County, Kidepo, and Atedeoi in Lotisan Sub-County are migrating to urban areas and mining sites to work as casual laborers to make a living.
It is alleged that Muhereza, who was the groom, was assisted by the other four suspects to steal the cattle. Mukasa suspects that these four are part of a larger network involved in cattle theft in the district.