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Lango - Karamojong Leaders Meeting Ended Without a Fruit

jueves, 19 de enero de 2017

By Okello Ceasar Ivan.

A peace meeting between Lango Cultural Foundation and Karamojong cultural leaders over the existent of Karamojong herdsmen in Lango on Tuesday ended without any tangible solution to their problems after the two tribes failed to reconcile their differences.

The meeting chaired by the Prime Minister of Lango Dr Richard Nam on behalf of the Lango Paramount Chief, included the State Minister for Karamoja Affairs who represented the government, Religious and Political leaders, Civil Society Organizations, the military and the police among others.

Tensions between Karamojong herdsmen and the people of Lango is not about to cool down after Lango Cultural Foundation resolved that government should ensure that no Karamojong herdsmen entered to graze in Lango although the government is of the few that the herdsmen continuous to stay where they are currently.

The Speaker of Otuke District Local Government George Kamara Oyang said the herdsmen should head back to Kotido while Sam Fred Oweka Eyen, the Councilor of Orum Sub-County said it is the task of the government to provide water and pastures for the herdsmen but not the land belonging to Lango.

Another Councilor John Olea said that the current situation caused by Karamojong herdsmen reminds them of the past when they lost all their cattle to rustlers.

However the resolution to chase away the herdsmen did not go down well with State Minister for Karamoja affairs Moses Kizige who said the herdsmen should continue existing where they are before his speech was cut short by the angry leaders from Lango.

The women MP for Kotido District Hon Aleper Magaret who began with an apology for the crimes committed by the Karamojong in Lango, pleaded that the herdsmen be given another chance but her plea was met with resistance.

The Prime Minster of Etur in the Abim District of Karamoja Mr Francis Luwot acknowledge the mistakes saying Karamojong herdsmen invaded Lango without following the right Chanel.

Benjamin Okii one of the Cultural leader in Lango reported to the meeting that their findings shows that the herdsmen have already invaded places like Ajobi, Angem and Angicakide both in Alebtong and in Otuke District.

In his quest for a peaceful solution to their problems, the Parish Priest of Olilim Archdeaconary humbly asked the two tribes to forgive each others because they are one in Christ.

The security which include deputy UPDF Air Force Commander Brig Sam Kavuma, Police, RDC's, Diso's and other security agencies attended the meeting.