from the Acholi Sub Region have condemned acts of violence during
They have also asked security agencies in the country to
respect human lives.
The elders under their umbrella, the Wang Oo Heritage Limited said
that they are concerned by the recurring violence against unarmed civilians.
While addressing journalists from Palema Crown Hotel in Gulu City on Friday,
the elders described the unprecedented violence, arbitrary arrests, torture, killings and human
violations by armed security personnel as saddening.
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They were represented by John Livingstone Okello-Okello their chairperson who
is former Member of Parliament for Chua County, Chairperson Board of Director
Retired Justice Galdino Moro Okello, Rosalba Atoo Oywa, Sheikh Abdul Ramadhan,
Sister Rebecca Lanyero of the Acholi Leaders Peace Initiative (ARLPI) and James
Okello Mogi among others.
Through their chairperson John Livingstone Okello-Okello the elders asked the
Electoral Commission to take control of the electoral process and ensure that
it is non-violent and all candidates are given fair opportunities during
The elders in their joint press statement in partnership with the Acholi
Religious Leaders Peace Initiative (ARLPI), Robert Mugabe the General Secretary
added that the use of teargas and guns to control electoral processes is
They also condemned the use of vulgar, provocative and discriminative languages
that incites violence among the populace.
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Rosalba Atoo Oywaa the Wang Oo Heritage Vice-Chairperson explained that youths
and women have been the most victims of the violence.
She called upon women and youths to be advocates of peace and ensure peaceful
elections ahead of the 2021 general elections and its processes.
They also appealed to the candidates to put the interest of the country above
elections by respecting the Ministry of Health and Electoral Commission`s
guidelines aimed at containing the spread of Coronavirus disease in the
Last month, more than 50 people were killed in protests following the
arrest of National Unity Platform-NUP Party Presidential Candidate Robert
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