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Lango Paramount Chief Suspends Electoral Commission

“I expected all of you to come and meet me after swearing in but only Mr. Tom Otim reached my palace. Appointed chairman of the Electoral Commission should have been sworn in the office again but not to start working without an appointment," the letter reads in part.
Letter terminating the activities of the LCF Electoral Commission

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Mzee Yosam Odur-Ebii, the Lango Paramount Chief has indefinitely suspended the activities of the Electoral Commission of Lango cultural foundation. The seven-member commission chaired by Tom Otim, a retired head teacher was named during a cultural council meeting held on Tuesday, November 7th, 2023. 

The commission was tasked with the responsibility of foreseeing the election and swearing in Odur's successor. However, in a Dec 4th, 2023 letter, Odur suspended the activities of the commission because of the failure to appear before and follow the law governing elections in Lango Cultural Foundation. “I expected all of you to come and meet me after swearing in but only Mr. Tom Otim reached my palace. Appointed chairman of the Electoral Commission should have been sworn in the office again but not to start working without an appointment," the letter reads in part.

Adding that “The So-Called Road map that was put before the council should have been submitted to the Executive not directly to the Lango Cultural Foundation Council. It is the role of the executive to take such matters to the council.” He argued that people are forcing him out of his tenure yet he has many things to do before he can safely retire to pave the way for another person.

Luo bite:

//Cue in: “Dong ero ko…

Cue out: … gite dang aweko.”//

He also expressed disappointment over information that the electoral commission is collecting money from his subjects to facilitate the electoral process. “I have heard there are requests for money for the work of the EC, this should be put before the Executive. Nobody has power to collect money without the executive’s knowledge and the EC is not even allowed to solicit money from outside the country.” Odur also banned the newly constituted members of the Itogo (Dispute Resolution Committee) on the grounds that they are too young to understand cultural matters.

Luo bite:

//Cue in: “Itogo onwongo amito…

Cue out: … tuno ipyera-bongwen.”//

Tom Otim, the chairperson of the electoral commission expressed utter shock, saying that he had not received any official communication from the paramount chief but rather heard the information from the mainstream media. He further explained that members of the commission were sworn in in the presence of the paramount chief and given a task to accomplish.

Luo bite:

//Cue in: “Wan obin okwongere…

Cue out: … dong otim ngo?//

Meanwhile, Bishop Emeritus John Charles Odur Kami, a member of the Itogo who said they were nominated and sworn in in the presence of Odur explained that the old man is being coerced by some individuals who want to bring shame to Lango.

//Cue in: “Itogo inino caa…

Cue out: … is very unfortunate.”//

On Tuesday, members of the Itogo held their first meeting in which they were expected to elect their executive committee and draw a road map for their activities.

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