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Exclusive: Lango palace construction starts next month

(Last Updated On: 13 January 2024)

 

Zombo | The construction of the long-awaited Lango Cultural Palace (LCP) will start next month – tndNews exclusively report.

The LCP groundbreaking ceremony will take place next month – November in Lira – according to State Minister for Northern Uganda, Grace Freedom Kwiyucwiny.

The Minister made this announcement on Saturday in Atiak sub-county (Atiak Primary school) Ora Constituency, Zombo district.

This was during the coronation to mark the 9th Anniversary of the Alur Kingdom’s His Highness UBIMU PHILIP OLARKER RAUNI III.

According to the Minister, the government has constructed the cultural palace for Alur Kingdom and will construct more 35 residences for the Kingdom ministers.

Acholi’s Paramount Chief, His Highness Rwot Onen Acana was present, among other cultural leaders. Lango cultural leaders are absent.

Lango controversy’

It’s important to note that Lango people have in recent years divided themselves into two groups – those backing Mzee Yosam Odur Ebii and Eng. Micheal Odongo Okune, respectively.

This split, however, is yet to be sorted out, especially by the government as both groups say they are legal.

Speaking to our reporter on the phone Saturday, one of the officials from the Office of the Prime Minister said, “The government will soon sort out the cultural woes in Lango.”

“Besides two leadership and immense fights, we are confident one will step down to pave the way for this development to take place. This explains why the government took long to fulfil its pledge to Lango,” he added.

In June this year, the then Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Pius Bigirimana told tndNews that as far as the government knows, Lango hasn’t “rejected Mzee Odur”.

“We are aware, I am aware of the cultural fights between Mzee Odur Ebii and Eng. Micheal Odongo, but we have received no information that Odur has been rejected by his people,” Mr Bigirimana said, then.

“If Lango is tired of Odur, let them follow procedures. As of now, he’s a gazetted Paramount Chief,” he added.

 

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