Lango cultural leaders have been advised to galvanize their people’s efforts to transform their communities by building bridges, uniting them, and collaborating with the government to increase household income.
The remarks came when Dickson Ogwang Okul, Uganda’s Chargé d’Affaires in Khartoum, Sudan, was enthroned as chief (Awitong) of the Pala Ocol tribe in the Lango subregion.
At the weekend, Lango Paramount Chief Yosam Odur Ebii conducted the enthronement in Baramindyang Kuluyago Village Telela Parish Ayer Sub-County in Kole district.
Betty Amongi, the minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development, who spoke on behalf of Anita Among, the deputy Speaker of Parliament, emphasized the importance of fundamentals in a country’s development.
She believes that a social system that supports cultural and traditional leadership is necessary to assist the country in shaping the fundamentals of society’s behavior.
“I pushed him to choose appropriate cultural practices to promote tourism, development, and set family income requirements because you can’t keep leading poor people who can’t afford to send their children to school, health care, or basic income,” she said.
Amongi urged the clans and cultural leaders of the Lango sub region to ensure that those who are dissatisfied are brought into the mainstream so that everyone works together for the region’s good.
“I’ve asked Lango cultural leaders to reach out to those who have been acting rebelliously and bring them together because we need a strong voice.” “If you’re divided, you can be both developmental and productive,” she explained.
According to Judith Alyek, the president of the Lango Parliamentary group and Woman MP for Kole district, there are more than 100 clans in the Lango sub area that are very important in the region’s growth.
For a better community, she urged elders in the region to respect their culture and to guarantee that young people are taught the norms and values of their culture.
“I’ve witnessed our children misbehaving and girls get pregnant.” I’ve witnessed students dropping out of school. I’ve seen people that don’t respect their elders. “I believe the entire country will have a fantastic shift if clans can go ahead and solve these difficulties in our cultures,” she remarked.
Cultural institutions, according to Ogwang Okul, can no longer afford to be merely caretakers of traditions and rituals; they must also inspire and influence people.
“I’ve always wanted to help with conflict resolution, peacebuilding, and development in our region, as well as youth empowerment.” “I plan to use my new responsibilities to strengthen links between the Lango people and other tribes,” he stated.
Ogwang warned young people to avoid irresponsible lifestyles that could end up destroying their lives and the future as a whole.
“Never lose sight of the fact that life is so valuable and that there are people who care about you.”
You are an extremely selfish person who just cares about yourself if you commit suicide. Problems exist; don’t engage in behaviors that lead to one another’s death,” he suggested.