Lira politics: Fmr ‘corrupt’ speaker, Onyanga to vie for LC5 chair

William Onyanga speaks to a journalist in Kampala last year.

Lira – The former Lira district council speaker, Mr William Onyanga has stepped up to challenge Alex Patrick Robert Oremo Alot Ekwang for the district chair in the 2021 elections.

On Friday, very early in the morning, Mr Onyanga phoned different media houses in Lira town asking that senior political reporters meet him at Pacific Grand Hotel for an urgent press statement.

After members of the press had joined him, Onyanga then declared he was running against Oremo Alot for the LC5 seat.

According to Onyanga, he will first run against Oremo in the primary elections of Uganda People’s Congress [UPC] Party which he alludes enjoy vast support in Lira and other districts in Lango.

Asked what has propelled him to consider rejuvenating his political career, Onyanga said he wants to address leadership gaps that has muffled Lira district under Alex Oremo.

“The district has stagnated for long with little development because of weak leadership and misappropriation of resources,” Onyaga roared, adding that “I am the only qualified candidate to fix the mess.”

The former speaker, with some controversial record – while in Lira is now the second candidate to openly declare intentions to challenge Mr Oremo.

Towards the end of last year, Santa Angella who’s the woman councilor for Adekokwok and Ngeta sub-counties announced her interest to run for LC5 seat. 

Speaking to TND News last year, Angella gave fearless reactions to district boss Alex Oremo. According to her, Oremo has never been to America to say any woman can’t compete for his seat.

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Soon after her statement of intention, Mr Alot went wild, stating that ‘his seat’ is not for any female aspirant.

The district chairperson immediately stepped on fire, receiving wide criticism from women activists and the public when he said “Lira district is akin to United States of America and cannot be led by a woman”.

Many said the statement was derogative of the female beings. The chairman who is serving his second term is yet to apologize over this statement.

Mr. Oremo’s leadership has also been associated with corrupt tendencies which saw him personally appear befor the Committee of Parliament on Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises – COSASE and answered queries on the alleged mismanagement of millions of shillings disbursed to the district for the preliminary construction of Akii Bua Olympic Stadium.

His leadership is also accused of mismanaging natural resources especially land, some of which (Erute land) were distributed to councilors and government officials. 

Now they say “He/ She who seek equity must come with clean hands, it’s now a common believe among some voters that even Onyanga falls short of this principle.

Onyanga’s past records.

It can be recalled that he literally ate tax payers’ money which was disbursed to him for travel [flight] fare to South Africa where he was to represent the district at a summit.

Instead, a council speaker then preferred to chill in Uganda’s Central Business District of Kampala [Capital] with his actions angering the whole Lango sub-region.

With all evidences Lira leadership and Police had or the latter would seek for, in order to arrest and prosecute him either for corruption or receiving money by false pretense, Mr Onyanag enjoyed the money with comfort.

Politically, he has been labeled a political ‘prostitute’ after he left UPC for NRM only to return after a few months.

Both Onyanga and Oremo recently appeared together when Lira Municipality MP who’s also the UPC party President, Jimmy Akena was addressing a press conference at his father’s house in Lira senior quarters.

UPC party leader Jimmy Akena [2nd R] addressing media last year. Looking on from extreme [L] is William Onyanga, Vice LC5 George Okello Ayo and LC5 Chair Oremo Alot. Photo by Frank Oyugi.

In that press conference held last year, Obote’s son, Mr Akena said he would only support official candidate holding UPC flag.

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