New Vision (Kampala)

20 November 2012

Uganda: Lango Conference for December

The Lango Conference to deliberate on crucial issues pertaining to the unity and development of the sub-region will take place from December 27 to 29 in Lira town.

A cross-section of Lango leaders, both at home and in the diaspora, are expected to attend. It will be held under the theme: 'Lango United For Development.'

A press statement issued by the head of the organising committee, Dr. Michael Odongo, says preparations are in advanced stages.

The event will start with a youth conference on December 27. Its proceedings will be in Langi, except for technical presentations that shall be in English.

The Lango cultural leader, His Highness Won Nyaci, is expected to open the conference on December 28.The closing day of December 29, has been reserved for the Government's input.

As part of preparations, Won Nyaci visited Lango communities in America and UK in October.

The conference is an initiative of the Owitong (clan chiefs) of Lango through their umbrella council and under Won Nyaci. Odongo, who is also the executive director Uganda Road Fund, notes that a comprehensive alliance has been built with professionals and academics, business leaders, youth, farmers, faith-based groups, community groups and political leaders.

He has allayed fears that the conference will be for politicking.

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