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Disagreements Emerge in Iteso Cultural Union Over Education Fund

On August 19th, the Iteso in the diaspora dissolved Iteso Cultural Union UK and transformed the TEF project into a charity organization.
Emorimor Augustine Osuban

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Conflicts have emerged in the Iteso Cultural Union- ICU over the Teso Education Fund- TEF.  TEF is an initiative by the leadership of  to support the education of vulnerable children in the Teso sub-region.

The project aimed to provide scholarships for vocational education to students in the 14 districts of Teso including Teso Districts in Kenya. At least 100 children were expected to benefit from the scholarship every year in the first four years of its implementation, starting next year.

However as the project starts taking shape, disagreements have taken centre stage in its implementation.

On August 19th, the Iteso in the diaspora dissolved Iteso Cultural Union UK and transformed the TEF project into a charity organization.  The decision was taken because the ICU Teso and ICU UK chapter failed to agree on a common strategic direction for the project.

Dr Patrick Igulot, the Executive Director of ICU UK chapter says the disagreement culminated in the Emorimor Papa Iteso, Augustine Lemukol Osuban recalling the appointment of Solomon Emong and Michael Okwalinga as representatives of ICU UK chapter.

He explains in the memo that was shared recently, the leadership of ICU UK decided to transfer the assets and liabilities, governance and management structures and officials of ICU UK to TEF UK.

He, however, emphasized that there was no leadership or management vacuum in TEF, following the appointment of eight members to the Board of Trustees and six members in the management team.

“This change has given us the freedom to explore the enormous opportunities available to give back to our people and motherland, Teso and together with TEF Uganda, other volunteers in Teso-Kenya and supporters and well-wishers around the world, we are confident we will succeed”, the memo reads in part.

Dr Igulot also noted that TEF has so far realized close to 40 million shillings which are sufficient to sponsor 20 students next year. 

However, Sande Paul Emolot, the Chairman of Iteso Cultural Union Council says the decision taken by ICU UK is regrettable. He explains that there was an information gap between the ICU UK and Emorimor that prompted the Emorimor to recall the appointments of some board members.

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