Lango Paramount Chief Promotes End to Domestic Violence in New Year Message

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This is the first time the top most leadership of Tekwaro Lango headed by the paramount chief “Wonyaci” Odur is voicing concern over cases of abuse especially subjected on women.

Yosam Odur Ebii, The Lango paramount chief has dedicated his New Year message to promote an intensive campaign against Domestic violence and peace.

Issued on Tuesday Morning from his village palace at Teboke, Kole district, Odur summoned all clan heads to support his latest call against the vice which he says is on the rise in the region.

Gender based violence has been reported to be on rise in Lango region since 2011. Recently, Joe Otim, an officer in charge of the child and family protection unit at Lira CPS said police received an overwhelming number of cases of domestic violence and child neglect.
 
This is the first time the top most leadership of Tekwaro Lango headed by the paramount chief “Wonyaci” Odur is voicing concern over cases of abuse especially subjected on  women.

Odur expressed dismay at reports indicating that majority of women in Lango sub region continue to live under systematic abuse and torture orchestrated by their husbands.

He tasked clan heads to always employ various cultural practices on disciplining violent husbands and those that have neglected their families.

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Ruth Ojhambo, the Executive Director for Isis WICCE, a women rights NGO says Lango ranks high in Uganda among regions with a high rate of abuses against women.

Out of the eight districts in Lango sub region, Lira district takes the lead.
 

 

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Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.