Stop Abusing People, Acholi Elders Urge Politicians

According to Ocaya, the use of abusive languages not only degrades the respect one deserves but also breeds hatred among the candidates which may turn into violence if not addressed.

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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 elections.


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 weekend. 


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 campaigns commence.   

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.