Acholi Religious Leaders Petitions Gulu District Speaker Over Proposed District Headquarters

Acholi religious leaders have petitioned the speaker of Gulu district protesting the proposal to establish Gulu district headquarters in Cwero Sub County.

Led by their chairperson Retired Bishop Nelson Onono Onweng, the clergy under their umbrella the Acholi Religious Leaders Peace Initiative-ARLPI say that Cwero is not central and will make it difficult for the public to access services.

Onweng on Tuesday presented the petition to the speaker`s office demanding that the new district headquarters be established at Ajulu in Patiko Sub County.

The retired clergy explained that Ajulu is central to all the sub counties of Gulu district and people will not travel long distances to access services.

He added that Ajulu also has potential tourist attraction site at Fort Patiko and Ajulu Hills.

The petitioners noted that Ajulu has good road networks connecting Gulu to Lamwo, Attiak,to Kitgum and Nimule in South Sudan  as well as Paicho, Kitgum and Pabbo.

While receiving the petition, Gulu district speaker John Okwonga explained that Cwero was proposed to be the new district headquarter after it received 81% of votes from the district executive committee beating Ajulu which had 71% while Awach and Paicho tied at 61% votes.

The Speaker told the petitioners that the matter will be tabled before the Gulu district full council next week.

Gulu Municipality is among the six cities which will be declared cities tomorrow ,1st of July.