Lira District Vows to Defy Minister on Lango Foundation Property Top story

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Early this month, Adolf Mwesige, the minister of Local government wrote to Benon Rwanguha, the Lira Chief Administrative Officer directing him to stay the implementation of the council resolution to withdraw various properties from the cultural foundation.

Lira district has stuck on its resolution to withdraw properties from Lango Cultural Foundation in defiance of a directive from the Local government minister. The property in question includes the land hosting the Lango cultural center, Iredha estates and houses amongst others. 

The decision by Lira district council to withdrawal the property was meant to compel Yosam Odur, the Lango paramount to resolves disputes in the cultural institution, which have led to the appointment of a rival leadership under Wakili Okello, the speaker of clan heads’ council. Early this month, Adolf Mwesige, the minister of Local government wrote to Benon Rwanguha, the Lira Chief Administrative Officer directing him to stay the implementation of the council resolution to withdraw various properties from the cultural foundation.
 
In his February 3rd letter to the CAO, Mwesige said his ministry was still investigating the matter adding that, government recognizes Odur as the legitimate head of the Lango cultural foundation.  However, Alex Oremo, the Lira LC V chairperson will not have any of this arguing that the council resolution is binding. He argues that implementing the minister’s directive may very difficult and in breach of the law. Oremo says he has written to Adolf maintaining their previous decision to withdraw the properties.
 
Martin Ocen Odyek, the Lira district council speaker says much as the government recognizes Lango Cultural Institution under Odur, their decision to withdraw the properties was legally executed. Ocen argues that the properties were only given to Lango Cultural institution by the district for a particular period. He says the previous council allocated the said properties in 2007 and terms of usage expired in 2010 since then, it has never been renewed.

Willy Omodo Lango, the spokesperson Lango Cultural institution warns the district leadership not to go against the minister’s directive.
  
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Recently, Lira high court also declared Odur as the legitimate head of the Lango cultural foundation.
 

 

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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.