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Iteso Cultural Leader Proposes UGX 1000 Levy On Subjects

The cultural leader of Iteso, the Emorimor Augustine Lemukol Osuban, has proposed a 1,000 shillings annual levy on his subjects for supporting development activities in the Teso sub-region.
The Emorimor of Iteso arriving in Mbale for the function.
The cultural leader of Iteso, the Emorimor Augustine Lemukol Osuban, has proposed a 1,000 shillings annual levy on his subjects for supporting development activities in the Teso sub-region.

The annual levy will be delivered to Iteso Cultural Union (ICU) through a designated mobile money telephone number.

Osuban announced the fee while launching Mbale Teso Student's Development Association—MTESDA at Uganda Christian University-Mbale constituent college on Saturday.

MTESDA brings together Teso students from universities, tertiary institutions and secondary schools in Mbale. The association currently has a membership of 1,400 students. Among its objectives is to foster unity among students hailing from Teso and setting up a fund for helping needy students among others.

Jame Oluka, the association chairperson challenged ICU to set up a fund to enable needy students from Teso pursue further education. He said there are a majority of bright students hailing from Teso but have failed to pursue education due to lack of support.

Osuban in his address lamented that the institution is cash-strapped and only dependent on government assistance. He said he has many programmes to implement among which include provision of bursaries to needy students of Teso but have not been effected due to lack of funding.

It's against this background that Emorimor Osuban announced the fee so as help the institution provide services to its subjects.

He said unlike in the past where Teso was wrecked with rebel insurgency; the prevailing relative peace will enable each subject above 18 years to contribute for the cultural institution.

Osuban says he has directed clan heads to sensitize his subjects to embrace paying the annual contribution.

Nathan Isenged Okia, the ICU minister for youth and sports, says the cultural council has already given a green light for the proposal.

He is optimistic that if the subjects organise cultural galas promoting writing and reading of Ateso, establishing a bursary scheme for needy students will be adequately funded.

In 2008 ICU proposed a fee of 3,000 shillings for couples who get marriage so as to get a marriage certificate from the institution. The move was shelved after meeting stiff resistance from a section of his subjects.

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