Eng. Dr. Okune Calls on Leaders to Embrace Government Programs

Dr. Okune echoed this while speaking on; “The role of cultural leaders in promoting peace when relating to both political and religious leaders” during the 17th Provincial Prayer Peace Week at St. Monica Girls’ Vocational School in Gulu City on Wednesday.

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Eng. Dr. Okune Calls on Leaders to Embrace Government Programs
Eng. Dr. Michael Moses Odongo Okune/ Photo by Q.fm
GANAL retreat enters day three: Eng. Dr. Okune Calls on Leaders Embrace Government Programs 
By NANCY ATIM 
The newly elected Paramount Chief of Lango, Eng. Dr. Michael Moses Odongo Okune has on 24 April 2024 challenged leaders in Northern Uganda to elevate themselves above poverty rates.  
Dr. Okune argued that there can not be peace if rampant poverty continues to manifest among the masses and leaders.
“A poor cultural leader is a poor leader. When you are poor, you are even poor in your ideas. Meaning, we can’t listen to you. Because, what are you going to tell us that you could not tell yourself?” Dr. Okune said. 
He thereby encouraged leaders to embrace government programs such as Emyooga, Parish Development Model among others initiated to eradicate poverty instead of castigating such progress.
Dr. Okune echoed this while speaking on; “The role of cultural leaders in promoting peace when relating to both political and religious leaders” during the 17th Provincial Prayer Peace Week at St. Monica Girls’ Vocational School in Gulu City on Wednesday.
"Leaders of all spectra must unite and intervene to provide collective solutions and achieve more", Okune said.
He also advised them against dwelling on past theories and amplifying negative historical and tribal factors, saying it is one way of propagating hatred, division, and violence. 
Dr. Okune also appealed to cultural and political leaders to respect the unavoidable diversity of political sects, religions, tribes, classes, and race, to birth and nurture peace, as seen in churches of several sects. 
Dr. Okune, however, made it clear that the Lango culture does not condone same-sex relationships because diversity in gender only means man and woman without any aspect of transgender. 
Dr. Okune argued that the proponents of the so-called transgender conflict are out of touch with God, which is why they are tinkering with His creation. 
“Before you start introducing the third gender here, the Creator knew what He was doing. And even the Bible says He created them male and female. Somebody knows it is in the Bible,” Dr. Okune said. 
Fr. Wilfred Lajul, a priest under Gulu Archdiocese asked the congregation to desist from self-pity citing that it is a common source of conflict in homes, tribes, religious sects, and social groups. 
“Such people look innocent, yet very dangerous at mudslinging others, spoiling other people’s names, rumor-mongering, and creating tensions in society,” Fr. Lajul said. 
Fr. Lajul appealed to the congregation to not only pray for peace but work for it as a priority. 
“God expects that we truly work for peace. And working for peace means we make peace-building efforts a priority in our lives by loving our neighbors as we love ourselves,” said Fr. Lajul. 
Initiated in 2005 by the Gulu Ecclesiastes Province which comprises of Gulu Archdiocese, Arua, Nebbi, and Lira Dioceses (GANAL) is an annual event of peace pilgrimage, retreat, and prayer that focuses on bringing sustainable peace and unity among the different communities and tribes in Northern Uganda. 
The 17th edition of GANAL ran under the theme: “Building a synodal church on Communion, participation, and mission”. The prayer week started on April 22nd and will close on April 26th.  

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