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Lango Paramount Chief to pay UGX 700M In Court Fines

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Oryem also disclosed that they have filed a fresh application in court seeking a permanent injunction blocking Odur from representing and presenting himself as the Lango Paramount Chief.
Yosam Odur, Lango Paramount Chief
The Lango Paramount Chief, Yosam Odur is facing a fine of Shillings 700 million arising from three court suits he and his administration filed against his rival, Dr. Eng. Michael Odongo Okune. 

The suits include a petition in which Odur and Lango Cultural Foundation sought to block the election and enthronement of Okune as the new Lango Paramount Chief and holding meetings with clan chiefs.

However, the petitioners lost the suits. Alfred Okello Oryem of Okello Oryem and Company Advocates, who represented Okune told URN that they want Odur and his team to pay the money to compensate for their legal costs.

He however, said they are willing to negotiate with Odur's administration on what amount to pay. 

According to Oryem, Odur and his close associates like Dr. Richard Nam, the Lango Prime Minister, risk arrest should they fail to pay. 

Oryem also disclosed that they have filed a fresh application in court seeking a permanent injunction blocking Odur from representing and presenting himself as the Lango Paramount Chief.

Col. Tony Otoa, the leader of Abwor clan and Strategic advisor to Okune's administration insists Odur and his group should pay the legal costs to compensate for the financial loses they went through during the legal processes.

Dr. Richard Nam, the Lango Prime Minister, confirmed the development, saying they are ready for negotiations but declined to divulge details.  

He also declined to comment on the application by Okune's group seeking a permanent injunction blocking Odur from representing Lango cultural foundation, saying the matter is before High court.

Rosemary Bareebe Ngabirano, the Deputy Registrar Lira High Court, said the legal costs are subject to negotiation between the two parties. He however, confirmed that court awarded costs to Okune's group in various judgments.

Felix Okot Ogong, the Chairperson of the team mediating between the rival camps, said the developments might jeopardize their effort. He however, said he is yet to engage both factions on a possible way forward on the matter.

The leadership wrangles in Lango Cultural Institution date back to about ten years. About four parallel paramount chiefs have since been elected against Odur.

Dr. Okune is the latest parallel leader to be elected and enthroned as the new paramount chief by majority of clan heads.

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