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Orom Sub Tribe Plots to Secede from Acholi Chiefdom

The sub tribe comprises three major clans of Kiteny, Okuti, and Akutumor. They are also assimilated into 56 other sub clans currently occupying the six parishes of Orom Sub County with an estimated population of 36,000 people.
Residents of Orom sub county in their recent consultation meeting at Lalekan Primary School in Kiteny Parish

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The Orom sub tribe of the Acholi Ethnic group living in Orom Sub County, Chwa East Constituency in Kitgum district has threatened to secede from Acholi Chiefdom.

The sub tribe comprises three major clans of Kiteny, Okuti, and Akutumor. They are also assimilated into 56 other sub clans currently occupying the six parishes of Orom Sub County with an estimated population of 36,000 people.

The sub tribe whose Acholi dialects are heavily influenced by Karimojong and South Sudan idioms cited lack of legitimate recognition and participation in the affairs of Acholi Cultural Institution as their trigger for secession.

Quirino Olum, the Sub County Chairperson says that the Acholi Chiefdom headed by Paramount Chief Rwot David Onen Acana II has never visited them since his enthronement on Jan 16, 2005, nor has he spoken out against land wrangles and persistent threats in their area at the Uganda - South Sudan border.

 

//Cue in; "Eni lok mo….

Cue out…Rwot loko iye?"//

 

Olum argues that since the restoration of Kingdoms and cultural institutions by the ruling National Resistance Movement - NRM government, their plight has never been addressed.

 

//Cue in; "Apoka poka….

Cue out…nywal nino ducu."//

 

James Lanek, an elder who traces his roots in Orom says their chiefs never benefited from the 2011 housing project that government built for the 54 recognized Acholi clan leaders under the Peace Recovery and Development Plan-PRDP funding for Northern Uganda.

Lanek adds that Orom has never established a clear clan leadership since the restoration of traditional cultural institutions because of the historical injustices the region has been subjected to.

 

Cue in; "Ci ka tin….

Cue out…dak inen deyo."//

 

Ambrose Ola, the Prime Minister of the Acholi Cultural Institution said the chiefdom had already received a petition from the aggrieved sect and remedial measures are being undertaken to have a representative of the Orom people in the Chiefdom.

The Orom Sub tribe of the Acholi people is widely believed to be part of the Oromo people, an ethnic group inhabiting Ethiopia. They are one of the largest ethnic groups in Ethiopia and represent 34.5 percent of Ethiopia's population. Oromo's speak the Oromo language as a mother tongue, which is part of the Cushitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family.