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Acholi Leaders Task Chiefdom to Eliminate Barriers to Production

Deputy Chief Justice Alphonse Owiny Dollo said alcoholism, environmental degradation, immorality and the rampant sale of land threaten the productivity of the region in various ways. He says such barriers are responsible for the persistent poverty eating up the region in the aftermath of the conflict.
Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah Speaker at the Festival on Saturday

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The Acholi Cultural Institution has been petitioned to champion the elimination of barriers to productivity in the chiefdom.

Deputy Chief Justice Alphonse Owiny Dollo said alcoholism, environmental degradation, immorality and the rampant sale of land threaten the productivity of the region in various ways. He says such barriers are responsible for the persistent poverty eating up the region in the aftermath of the conflict.

Justice Owiny Dollo urged the institution to use its cultural mandate of leading wars against her people to address the persisting barriers to production. He was speaking at the closure of the second edition of the Acholi Cultural Festival in Gulu Town last evening.

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The Deputy Speaker of parliament Jacob Oulanyah urged the institution to utilize the human capital in government and the private sector in confronting the identified barriers adding that any delays in confronting such barriers will hinder the economic progress of the region.

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Oulanyah urged subjects of the chiefdom to financially support the institution in addressing the barriers with monthly contributions. The festival was launched last year by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni with a cash donation of 20 million Shillings to the Basket of the Chief locally known as Aduku pa Rwot to facilitate the chiefdom in responding to critical issues affecting her subjects. 

The Paramount Chief of Acholi His Highness Rwot David Onen Acana II said the institution initiated the cultural festival to serve as a vehicle for effective mobilization of the subjects to utilize opportunities which are available to them for economic development.

The chief said the institution's biggest focus is to preserve the culture of the Acholi people by protecting its rich cuisines, dances and traditions. He encouraged his subjects to double their efforts in productive work citing agriculture, among others.

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Rwot Acana used the occasion to announce that the next festival will be hosted in East Acholi in Kitgum district next year.