Coronation of Parallel Lango Paramount Chief Suspended

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Charles Olet, the clan head of Okii-Ogwangkoltum who was due to be crowned paramount chief was elected by group of rival clan heads opposing the administration of the legitimate Lango Cultural head Yosam Odur in March this year.

The planned coronation of a parallel Lango paramount chief for Lango has been suspended.

Charles Olet, the clan head of Okii-Ogwangkoltum was due to be crowned paramount chief  today, Thursday September 25th, 2014 at Got Ojwang at the border of Lango and Karamojong in Otuke district where it's believed that the first group of Lango members from Abyssinia in Ethiopia first gathered.

Olet was elected by group of rival clan heads opposing the administration of the legitimate Lango Cultural head Yosam Odur in March this year.

The decision to suspend the ceremony came out of a closed door meeting between the Central North security authority and organizers held last evening at the office of Lira Resident district commissioner.

The meeting that was also attended by George Rashid Opio, a clan leader of Malakwanga and spokesperson for the rival clan heads resolved to call off the coronation until further notice.

Lira RDC, George Odongo said they were not prepared to man security situation in Otuke district on Thursday.

This was the second attempt by the group to install Olet. In May 2014 the group's attempt to crown Olet was called off by the security.

Disputes at Lango Cultural Institution started in 2012 when the rival group rejected a decision to invite President Yoweri Museveni to participate at the Lango Conference 2012 held Lira UTC campus.

The struggles date back to 2012 during the annual Lango Conference when some clan heads accused Odur's administration of being politically biased to the NRM-government. They further claimed that Odur was being used by the government to spy on some people of Lango living in Diaspora and to promote NRM ideologies in Lango.  

The clan heads further accused Odur's administration of failing to account for huge sums of money donated to the Institution by both government and Non-Government Organizations. 

Meanwhile the rival faction has also announced plans to meet President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and seek his intervention to mediate in the two year dispute. They have asked MP Felix Okot Ogong, the chairperson Lango Parliamentary Group to head the 30 member delegation to meet the President.

Wakili Okello, clan heads' council speaker loyal to the rival group says interfacing with Mr. Museveni is key in fostering reconciliation and forgiveness. MP okot Ogong says the rival group also needs to clear its image and agenda, since they have been labeled opposition supporters.

Dr Richard Nam, Lango Cultural Institution Prime Minister loyal to Odur insists they can reconcile with the rival group only if they can pay allegiance to Odur's administration.

 In August, 2014, Lango parliamentary group failed to unite the two warring groups during a reconciliation meeting held at hotel 291 in Lira town.

Lango has about 151 local clans but Odur enjoys support from more than 120 clan heads.