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Charles Angiro Gutmoi, the former Erute North county MP and a member of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change party in Lira district has criticised the clan heads for politicising the cultural institution.

The leadership of Lango Cultural Institution is split on a recent meeting between independent presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi and some clan heads. During his visit to Lira district on Wednesday last week, Mbabazi held talks with 15 Lango clan heads led by Wakili Okello, the former speaker of the Clan leader's council at Hotel 291 Suites.
 
 
Some of the clan heads who attended the meeting are Ojok Orukubade, Tom Ogwal Atocon, Moses Ayo, Tom Otim, Olang Alip, Ceaser Omach Ario and George Ojwang Opota. During the meeting, the clan leaders reportedly presented a number of issues to Mbabazi and pledged to support his presidential bid. The news of the said meeting has not gone down well with Dr. Richard Nam, the Prime Minister of the Lango Cultural Institution.

  
According to Nam, it was wrong for the clan heads to meet Mbabazi and later on declare their personal support for his candidature. He also accuses the clan heads of meeting Mbabazi without authorisation from the cultural institution. But Wakili Okello, the former speaker of the Lango Clan leader's council says their meeting with Mbabazi doesn't violate any law.  
 
 
He says that it is their Cultural leader Yosam Odur and his ministers including Nam who contravened the law when they openly campaigned for Presidential Candidate Yoweri Museveni in Amolatar district. According to Okello, as a cultural leader Odur shouldn't have campaigned for Museveni openly.
 
 
Okello argues on the other hand that their meeting with Mbabazi was good for the entire Lango region once he is elected President. Charles Angiro Gutmoi, the former Erute North county MP and a member of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change party in Lira district has criticised the clan heads for politicising the cultural institution.

According to Angiro, the action of the clan heads is likely to divide the people of Lango. Section 13 (1) of the Cultural Leaders Act prohibits any serving cultural leader from joining partisan politics. 

 

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Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.