Lango MPs Split Over Election of Group Leadership

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Julius Achon Bua, the Otuke county Member of Parliament, says it is unacceptable to elect the new leadership of Lango parliamentary group without a constitution.

Legislators from Lango region are split over the appointment of the leadership of the Lango parliamentary group. The group brings together 21 legislators from districts in Lango region. 



However, since its formation during the days of the National Resistance Council, the group has been operating without a constitution. Jonathan Odur, the Erute South and his Erute South counterpart, Charles Angiro Gutmoi, are eyeing the leadership of the group. 



However, a section of legislators from Lango want the appointment of the new leadership in the tenth parliament postponed until a constitution is put in place. Julius Achon Bua, the Otuke county Member of Parliament, says it is unacceptable to elect the leadership of the group without a constitution.
 
 
He says it's a shame for legislators to operate their own group without a constitution given the fact that they are the law makers. Samuel Okwir Odwee, the Moroto County MP agrees. According to Odwe, the issue of the constitution must be addressed before a new leadership is put in place.



Okwir says it is only the constitution that can specify the terms of reference for the leaders of their group. Felix Okot Ogong, the Dokolo South MP and outgoing chairperson of Lango parliamentary group in the 9th parliament confirms they have been operating without a constitution. 




He concurs with those calling for the formation of a constitution to guide the affairs of the group. Emmanuel Ogwal Agweno, a local political commentator and resident of Ojwina Division in Lira town, says as voters they didn't realise the impact of the group in the ninth parliament.