The council of elders of the Pabo clan under the Acholi chiefdom
have warned aspirants seeking political offices against the use of abusive
languages during campaigns for the forthcoming general elections.
This follows a wave of accusations and counter accusations among aspirants
mostly from the NRM-party and opposition FDC members during the recently
concluded party primaries and selection processes which were ridden with use of abusive language including insults.
Paul Ocaya, the chairperson Pabo Kal clan, says the use of abusive language by candidates which was rampant in
the last general elections has already started cropping up in the primary
According to Ocaya, the use of abusive languages and sometimes
insults degrades the respect one deserves and breeds hatred among the
candidates which may turn into violence if not addressed.
Ocaya and other elders were speaking while meeting Anthony
Akol, the incumbent Kilak North MP and other candidates from the opposition FDC
Party at the residence of the clan chief of Pabo, in Pabo town council over the
Rwot Nelson Obina Acaye Agole III of Pabo clan says as a cultural institution,
it was time to intervene in the issue so that it doesn’t escalate when official
In a recent interview, Reverend Father Charles Onen, an aspirant
for Gulu City East Division municipality in the forthcoming elections says he has
on several occasions been a victim of insults and abuse by other contestants.
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Early this year, Archbishop John Bosco Odama, the Archbishop of
Gulu Archdiocese raised concern on the rate at which improper languages was being
used by politicians which he says is not productive to the community.
Article 22 of rights of candidate, section 5, sub sections (D and F) of the presidential and parliamentary act of 2005 makes making
abusive, insulting and derogatory statements, using a derisive or mudslinging words
against a candidate a punishable offence.