By Richard Ekotu
SOROTI – Amuria District council is torn apart over the Teso-Karamoja peace co-existence initiative programme (TEKAPIP).
Sources from Amuria say Hon. Julius Ochen, the chairman of the Local Council 5, on the 13th June 2008 tabled a motion in council for the ratification of the policy for work relationship between Teso and Karamoja. He was thrown out by councilors led by Hon. Robert Adiama Ekaju, local councilor five for Wera Sub-county Amuria District, with the reason that there was no draft policy document given to councilors to look through before ratification.
However in a twist of events Ochen back the issue of Teso -Karamoja on the 30th June 2008 bounced to council to be approved this time as a project spear headed by Amuria District representing the Teso Districts of Katakwi, Kumi, Bukedea and is to be implemented in partnership with support from Teso Initiative for Peace (TIP), OCODI, CHIPS and World Food Program among others and a section of councilors approved this.
On the other hand the districts of Nakapiripirit, Moroto and Abim will represent Karamoja in the implementation of this project.
The Honorable councilors who voted in favor of the project areinclude
Ocen Julius Dictrict chairman
Ebiru Paul Vice chairman Orungo sub-county
Anago Jane Morungatuny Sub-county
Arocha ocheng Samuel Acowa Sub-county
Aga Moses Eceru Morungatuny Sub-county
Engemu James Obalanga Sub-County
Acam Betty Kuju Sub-County
Asimo Betty Orungo
Meanwhile the Honorable councilors who voted against the project are,
Adiama Ekaju Robert Wera Sub-county
Acen Rose Mary Acowa Sub-county
Isamukere Florence Woman representative for people with disability
Engoru Echemu Disability representative
Acuro James Kapelebyong Sub-county
Otim Omuron Asamuk Sub-county
Tebenyak John Robert youth councilor Amuria
The councilors who voted against said Amuria District leadership did not consults the leaders from other Teso districts for this particular issue and have no right to do business on their half.
Mean while the chairman local council five Amuria said this would help improve the relation between the Karimojongs and the people of Teso hence eliminating the raids.
Teso Karamoja relations have been frajile since the raids started in the region and many lives have been lost.