High Court Declares Ragem Chief Illegitimate

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In the suit, the petitioners asked High court to declare Olarike, the Chief of Ragem clan illegitimate

High court has declared Rwoth Olarike, the Chief of Ragem clan in Jonam County in Nebbi district illegitimate. The ruling follows a petition filed before Arua high by Mark Eziri, Vincent Owinyi, Donasiano Otwiya, Lorencio Kochwach challenging the legitimacy of Rwoth Wadlai Olarike. The respondents to the suit were Phillip Isaiah, Simeono Oyuda, Onyutha Loka, Alumada Eredio Odubi, Justice Peter Onega and Olarike the Chief of Ragem clan. In the suit, the petitioners asked High court to declare Olarike, the Chief of Ragem clanillegitimate. 

They also asked court to nullify his enthronement saying it was done in disregard to the customs, tradition and norms of Ragem chiefdom. The petitioners also claimed that the five other defendants of the suite were not vested with customs to appoint a Chief. In his ruling, Yasin Nyanzi concurred with the petitioners and declared Rwoth Olarike, the Chief of Ragem clan illegitimate. He said Olariker was appointed and coronated in breach of article 246 sections (1) and (6) of the 1995 constitution that provides for the enthronement of traditional chiefs and kings. 

Justice Nyanzi ordered Olariker to vacate the throne and pave way for the enthronement of a legitimated chief. The petitioners were represented by Samuel Odama of Alaka & Co. Advocates while the defendants were represented by Donge Opar Silvestor of Donge Opar & Co. Advocates. The people of Jonam County, where Ragem Clan is found, installed a parallel King and don’t pay allegiance to Phillip Rwoth, the Alur King. Both the petitioners and the embattled chief have not yet responded to the ruling as they couldn't be reached by our reporter.