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Police Blocks First Meeting of Rival Lango Chief :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Police Blocks First Meeting of Rival Lango Chief

The first meeting of the council of clan chiefs loyal to the rival Lango cultural leader is hanging imbalance after police at North Kyoga regional headquarters declined to grant them permission. The meeting slated for Saturday was to be held at the Cultural Centre in Lira town. Engineer Dr. Michael Odongo Okune, who was recently sworn-in as the paramount chief of Lango, was to use the meeting to deliver his first address to a section of clan chiefs loyal to him.
Engineer Michael Odongo Okune during his swearing-in as the new Lango Wonyaci at the Cultural Centre in Lira town.
The first meeting of the council of clan chiefs loyal to the rival Lango cultural leader is hanging imbalance after police at North Kyoga regional headquarters declined to grant them permission. 

The meeting slated for Saturday was to be held at the Cultural Centre in Lira town.

Engineer Dr. Michael Odongo Okune, who was recently sworn-in as the paramount chief of Lango, was to use the meeting to deliver his first address to a section of clan chiefs loyal to him.

Okune was also to use this meeting to present the total of 60 clan chiefs, and other people whom he nominated to serve in his cabinet, for approval by the clan council--Owitong.

John Peter Ematu, North Kyoga regional police commander, however, told URN the meeting cannot be held since police was not informed. Ematu says the group did not seek permission to hold the meeting as required under the Public Order Management Act.

Jacob Ocen, the information minister loyal to the current Lango Paramount chief, Yosam Odur, says the rival clan chiefs allied to Dr. Okune are not eligible to use Lango Cultural Centre. Ocen says Odur had complained to police to intervene and block the meeting.

Among those appointed in Odongo's cabinet include former Loro Core Primary Teachers College Principal, Luciano Opio Omara as the Prime Minister and Dr. John Agwa Ejon as the foreign affairs minister. Others are Geoffrey Etwop, a local trader in Lira town as the minister for industry and trade, Joseph Olet, the head of Arak-Ochola clan, as the trade minister. 

Former Prime Minister in the Odur's administration, Col.Tony Otoa, has been appointed the principal advisor to the cultural leader. Vincent Oling, a prominent civil society activist in Lango has been tasked to head the reconciliation team.

Willy Omodo has been appointed the information minister and chief strategist and planner, the same position he once held in Odur's regime. Omodo told URN they have postponed the meeting and admitted they had not informed the police in time.The meeting has been postponed until further notice.

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