Thursday June 12 2014

Alur king warns on breakaway

King of Alur Ubimo Phillip Olarker Rauni III (R) arrives for

King of Alur Ubimo Phillip Olarker Rauni III (R) arrives for the meeting in Nebbi District. PHOTO BY PATRICK OKABA 

By Patrick Okaba

Nebbi- The king of Alur has warned four of his chiefdoms against seceding from the kingdom, saying the plan cannot succeed because Alur Kingdom is recognised by the Constitution.

Ubimo Phillip Olarker Rauni III said he had gathered negative reports among Angal thubei, Kaal kwonga of Panyimur, Rwoth Opano and Rwoth Mbaro chiefdoms that they are planning to create their own kingdom.

He made the revelation while meeting more than 50 kingdom officials in Nebbi District last Friday.

Internal bickering
King Ubimo said there were frequent divisions among chiefs, internal fight for leadership and love for money for personal gains, among other challenges affecting the development of the kingdom.

“It is through unity that the Alur kingdom can be strengthened for economic transformation,” King Ubimo said.

He advised his chiefdoms and clan leaders to desist from negative politics and laziness which can cause divisions in the kingdom.

The prime minister of Alur, Dr Edwin Wathum, urged all the cultural leaders to stop meetings without the king’s permission since he was the overseer of the kindgom, adding that he must fix a day to meet the chiefs if there are matters to be discussed.

Dr Wathum said the office of the kingdom was not effectively operating due to divisions among chiefs.

“We shall never allow any chiefs to confuse, divide Alur kingdom and the people of Alur for their personal needs in the kingdom,” Dr Wathum said.