The Attorney General has cleared the installation of Pal Sande Emolot as the new Cultural head of Teso, also known as His Highness, The Emorimor Papa Iteso.
The decision by the Attorney General, Kiryowa Kiwanuka follows a request by the Gender Ministry to ascertain any legal impediments to the planned coronation of Emolot after a court order that barred him and the Iteso Cultural Union Speaker John Francis Okuma from performing any roles related to the institution.
Soroti High Court issued Temporary Injunction against Emolot and Okuma in August blocking them from holding meetings, communicating, or transacting any business on behalf of the Iteso Cultural Union. They were also stopped from using the logo, stamp and cultural regalia as Emorimor and Speaker of the union’s council, as well as attending media talk shows, appointing office bearers or any activities related to the institution until the final disposal of a case filed against them in the High Court.
Emolot and Okumu were dragged to court by the House of Elders led by William Alloch Akol and six others. The legal battle ensued when Emolot was declared Caretaker Emorimor by some members of the Iteso Cultural Union Council. The House of Elders also opposed the dismissal of cabinet members appointed by the former Emorimor, Augustine Osuban Lemukol.
But in the legal advice to Betty Amongi Ongom, the Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development on Thursday, Kirwowa Kiwanuka said that there was no legal impediment to the coronation of Emolot by the Iteso Cultural Union.
“…It is our considered opinion that from the information availed to us, there is no legal impediment to the coronation of Mr Paul Sande Emolot by the Iteso Cultural Union”, the Attorney General’s letter concludes. After the advice, the Minister of Gender has also written to the security heads in Soroti revoking an earlier communication by the Permanent Secretary on October 14, barring the coronation.
Accordingly, Prime Minister, Vance Omome has called emergency cabinet and council meetings on Friday, October 21, 2022, ahead of the coronation ceremony on Saturday, October 22, 2022, at Soroti Sports Ground.
The new development comes two days after the Uganda Registration Service Bureau- URSB wrote to the directors of Iteso Cultural Union Ltd to change the name of their company which has been operating as a cultural institution alongside Iteso Cultural Union- ICU. The former was registered in 2019 and managed by four directors including William Alloch Akol, who dragged Emolot to Court.