Govt to Start Construction of Lango Cultural Palace

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According to Grace Kwiyucwiny, the Minister in charge of Northern Uganda, the construction work to be done in phases will be funded under Peace, Recovery and Development Plan-PRDP at a cost of 4.5 billion shillings.

Government is finally set to start the construction of a palace for the Lango cultural leader.

According to Grace Kwiyucwiny, the Minister in charge of Northern Uganda, the construction work to be done in phases will be funded under Peace, Recovery and Development Plan-PRDP at a cost of 4.5 billion shillings.

Kwiyucuny, however, says one billion shillings has been set aside for the laying of the foundation for the palace. Kwiyucwiny says the ground-breaking for the construction work is scheduled for the first week of November.

While meeting Lango Cultural Foundation leaders headed by Yosam Odur, the Paramount Chief at the weekend, the minister tasked them to wind up with the architectural plans before end of October so that her technical team can scrutinise to enable them kick-start the construction work.

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Dr. Richard Nam, the Prime Minister of Lango Cultural Foundation, explained that the multi-billion shillings complex will include offices for the paramount chief, his clan heads, a conference hall to accommodate up to 5,000 guests, a hostel and a restaurant that will strictly serve Lango traditional dishes such as boo, ''apena agira'', malakwang, among others.

The complex, according to Dr. Nam, will also include a museum that will have facets of animals and some of the key figures killed in the LRA war in the region, herbal plants, traditional regalia among others.

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Early last year, the Paramount Chief Yosam Odur met President Museveni at State House Entebbe and successfully negotiated for the funding of the palace construction.

The construction has however been delayed by the leadership dispute.

In July 2015, President Museveni halted the proposed construction to allow the Lango Cultural leaders to resolve a leadership dispute. However, since then, the leadership dispute hasn't been resolved.

Despite this, Minister Kwiyucwiny says the ground breaking for the work will be in November.

Kwiyucwiny fears that if the one billion shillings which was already budgeted for is not put into use, it would be difficult for her office to negotiate for more funding for the construction of the palace.

Lango Cultural Foundation is currently using Lango Cultural Centre which has a single incomplete room for conducting their businesses. The centre was constructed with the help of the Belgium government in 2007.

Meanwhile, the first royal residence for the Langi was constructed in 1935 at Acutanena village in Kamdini sub-county, Oyam district.

Considered as the Lango region's first permanent residential structure, it belongs to Lango's early chief, Rwot Owiny Akullu, who lived between 1845 and 1947. He was a mighty warrior whose military legacy is respected to date.

 

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Denis Olaka
Denis Olaka is the URN bureau chief for Lira, in northern Uganda. Apac and Otuke fall under his docket. Olaka has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Olaka started his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter, anchor, and then editor for Radio Lira in Lira district. He was subsequently an editor with Lira's Radio Wa in 2004 and Gulu district's Mega FM.

He was also a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers.

Olaka's journalism focuses on politics, health, agriculture and education. He does a lot of crime reporting too.