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Emorimor elections soon

By Vision Reporter

Added 22nd October 2003 03:00 AM

ELECTIONS for the Emorimor, the Iteso Cultural Union (ICU) head, are to be held soon following the end of the five-year term for the incumbent, Augustine Osuban Lemukol

ELECTIONS for the Emorimor, the Iteso Cultural Union (ICU) head, are to be held soon following the end of the five-year term for the incumbent, Augustine Osuban Lemukol

By Jonathan Angura

ELECTIONS for the Emorimor, the Iteso Cultural Union (ICU) head, are to be held soon following the end of the five-year term for the incumbent, Augustine Osuban Lemukol.

The ICU information minister, Vance Omome, said according to the ICU constitution, Emorimor Osuban, who was elected on November 21, 1998, would end his five-year term on November 23.

Omome said the constitution provided for the rotation of the throne among the Teso districts.

The districts include Soroti, Kumi, Kaberamaido, Katakwi, Pallisa, Tororo, Busia and Teso region in Kenya.

Etop, a weekly newspaper in Ateso, recently quoted Omome as saying the throne should go to Kumi district and proposed that the retired bishop of former Teso Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Gershom Ilukor, be elected to replace Osuban.

The constitution, however, allows for re-election of the incumbent.

The paper quoted Ilukor as having ruled out his candidature saying he was engaged in many activities including improving his farm and home.

“Why not to put back the incumbent for another term?” Ilukor asked, adding that there were some cultures in the institution that he could not manage.

Emorimor is elected by a council formed by two clan leaders from each parish and sub-county in the districts covered by the ICU.

Omome said although Osuban’s leadership had been good, his Prime Minister, Prof. Jethro Opolot and the ICU chairman, Y.Y. Ocuka, had hijacked his powers.

Some of the ICU leaders however argue that although Osuban was elected in November 1998, swearing him into office culturally took place on April 30, 2000 and his tenure therefore ends on April 30, 2005.

Etop also quoted the Soroti district chairman as having advised the ICU to leave Osuban on the throne for life and the constitution be changed to allow the Emorimor to appoint ministers loyal to him.

The ICU has of late been riddled with internal wrangles and power struggles among the top leaders. This led to the recent Cabinet reshuffle in which some ministers were dropped.

Emorimor elections soon

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