(L-R) Won Nyaci Yocam Odur, Prime Minister Col (Rtd) Tony Otoa and others during the London meeting
LONDON, 27 OCTOBER 2012: Members of Lango community in UK and Europe gathered in East London on 27 October 2012 have reaffirmed their unwavering support to Lango Paramount Chief Won Nyaci Yocam Odur and his entire cabinet.
The meeting was organised by Lango Association UK (LA UK). Attendees included Lango Paramount Chief Won Nyaci Yocam Odur, Lango Prime Minister Col (Rtd) Tony Otoa, Head of Owitong Joel Odongo Amen and Uganda government Minister of State for Housing Sam Engola who accompanied Won Nyaci as clan leader.
The London-based Lango Eelders Council (LEC) boycotted the meeting.
During the meeting, Won Nyaci spoke at length against war and maintained that he does not support the idea of anybody taking war to Lango. The Chief advised people who want political power to return home and contest in elections like one Ugandan Member of Parliament who used to be with Kony.
Won Nyaci and the Prime Minister of Lango called for unity and warned sons and daughters of Lango in the diaspora against joining groups that can cause trouble for Lango.
The Paramount Chief called on his people in the diaspora to return home before it is too late. He said those who stay too long overseas without visiting home might find that they no longer have any land.
“Don’t listen to those who say you should not return home because they are ruining the future of your children”, His Highness said.
The cultural leaders stressed that Lango Cultural Foundation is a non-partisan cultural institution, established in accordance with the constitution of Uganda. “What matters to us is Lango culture, not party affiliation or religious belief”, said Prime Minister Tony Otoa.
Won Nyaci is in the UK on the second leg of his diaspora visit to drum up support for Lango Conference 2012 (LC12). His Highness also held similar meetings in USA during the first leg of the visit a few days ago.
LEC recently launched an anti-LC12 campaign on-line and on Lango FM radios accusing several individuals and other Lango organisations of being agents of NRM government.
LA UK executives have issued a statement disassociating LA UK from LEC. They wrote: “As the committee of LA UK we would like to make it unequivocally clear to the community that LA UK is not a party to the document which has been circulated by Lango Elders Council. The views expressed in the document are not that of LA UK and LA UK did not participate in compiling the document”.