30 December 2012

Uganda: Lango Asks for Better Education, Health

Photo: Wendy Bruere
The government has committed to building teachers and medics new houses.

Hundreds of Langi across the globe and the political divide converged at Uganda Technical College in Lira district for a three-day Lango conference which ended on Saturday. The aim of the conference was to deliberate on the challenges facing the region after the Lord's Resistance Army war.

The conference attended by over 1,000 dignitaries.

The youth resolved that the Government should improve education, health services, business and revive Lango cultural foundation.

Prof. Tom Otiti, the clan leader of Onyali Ipyeda, retired former deputy inspector general of Police Julius Odwee, Moroto County MP Benson Obua Ogwal, his counterpart of Maruzi Maxwell Akora, Dr Caro Abeja and Miss Uganda, Fiona Bizzu were among the people who made presentations.

"The youth lost hope because of the 20 years of the LRA rebellion. But as the people of Lango, we still have the chance to change completely," Obua said.

Earlier, controversy, emerged when the kingdom's speaker, Wakili Okello resolved in their meeting which had over 60 clan leaders, to postpone the conference to pave way for more sensitisation on the issues to be discussed.

They also resolved in their parallel discussion to fire all the cabinet members appointed by Lango paramount chief Yosam Odur including Awitim Dr. Michel Odongo who was the chairman steering committee claiming they messed up the process.

But Odur disregarded the resolution, saying the group is not mandated to kick out his cabinet and postpone the conference meant to sharp the future of Lango.

Odur said the Langi need a university, agricultural college, good road, education and good health services.

The Lango cultural foundation Prime Minister, Tonny Otoa, said lack of respect for elders has led to cultural degradation.

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