Saturday December 29 2012

NRM lines up team for Lango meet

By Emmanuel Opio, Bill Oketch & Denis Ongeng


Several NRM cadres have been lined up to promote the development agenda of the Lango Tribal Group as the sub-region holds its development conference.

Some of the papers to be presented during the conference that kicked off on Thursday and is expected to run to today, include the alleged atrocities committed by some Langi living in the Diaspora and the pain inflicted against the Langi during the past and current regimes.

The NRM cadres, who will lecture in the conference, that is expected to be closed by President Museveni, are former minister in the Obote administration Henry M B Makmot, Ambassador Dickson Ogwang Okul, Ajuri County MP Denis Hamson Obua among others.

In the conference taking place at Lira Technical College, Mr Makmot will present a paper titled “Historical wrongs done by/to the Langi as a community.”

Recently, the organising committee came under criticism for promoting NRM party interests to Langi living in the United Kingdom and USA. Critics and some opposition members have also opposed the conference, saying it highlighted hidden agenda between the NRM party and the Lango Cultural Foundation.

The LC3 chairperson of Amugu Sub-county in Alebtong, Mr Patrick Okullu Okeng, said: They are using this conference to suppress us. I will not bend low to them. They are looking for survival. This is going to be very bad for the young generation and the conference will not change anything.”

Mr Joel Okao Otema, an FDC member, said the conference has been imposed on them. In a recent meeting at the Lango Cultural Centre, more than 70 cultural chiefs proposed that the conference be pushed to March 2013.

Addressing a press conference on Monday after the organising committee challenged the proposal, Mr Wakili Okello, the foundation speaker, said the conference was illegal, adding that any resolution the conference would come up with is null and void. However, the Rev. George Okeng, the foundation’s deputy speaker, said: “We are in the government; we are in the system and if they are talking because we support the government, let them talk.”