Lango cultural foundation speared by Paramount chief Mzee Yosam Odur has rejected calls for reconciliation with rival group, led by Eng Dr. Michael Odongo Okune.
Okar Omwono clan head Eng Dr Michael Odongo Okune was elected by clan heads opposed to Mzee Yosam Odur parallel Lango Paramount chief on February 10th, 2017. His group were preparing to install him as Won Nyaci on 19th May 2017 but were stopped by court that ordered them to halt their process.
Recently Kwot Lango, an association comprised of mostly Lango living in the diaspora expressed interest to independently generate fund that it will later use to unite the cultural leaders.
Speaking exclusively to a TNT reporter yesterday on behalf of Mzee Yosam Odur, Lango Cultural foundation prime minister Dr. Richard Nam said it’s of no use for Kwot Lango to fund and and start up a reconciliation process between the Lango cultural leaders adding that they are all united except for a few. He advised Kwot Lango to collect money and channel it towards the development of the foundation. “Let them collect the money and bring for construction of Clan head’s offices… But not say to unite us. Right now there are only three people rebelling against us but all the others are with us. They are Eng Odongo Okune, Tonny Otoa and Rev. George Okeng”- Otoa told our reporter.
Meanwhile Rev. George Okeng, who is the speaker in the parallel group led by Odongo Okune welcomed the reconciliation idea. He was however quick to add that if the moderators are just trying to show off, he won’t be part to it.” If the people are trying to show us that it is only them who live in the diaspora that can settle this, more than the people on ground, then I won’t be party to it.” – Okeng said.
Rtd Col Tonny Otoa, who has been at the front at the organization and installment of Eng Dr Odongo Okune as the Paramount chief of Lango, said it’s a little too late for a reconciliation because the matters have gone to court and it will be subjudice if matters of court are discussed.
Benjamin Okii, Ukii Bura clan head who subscribes to Mzee Yosam’s led group said it’d be fine if Lango Cultural Foundation accepts to reconcile for the sake of a good legacy.
By JK Olot