Obongi County MP Hon. Hassan Kaps Fungaroo has accused government of sidelining minority communities in its programs.
Speaking on the floor of parliament today, Fungaroo pointed out that if government was bent on uplifting these endangered tribes, first, promotions in the army would be awarded on merit.
He says despite forming the bulk of country’s security apparatus, people from small tribes are still marginalized.
This was during a parliamentary debate on a motion urging government to recognize and protect the unique languages, culture and customs of minority communities.
In response to the MP’s concerns Hon. Jovah Kamateeka the Mitooma district woman representative raised a point of order about what she termed ‘un-parliamentary language’.
“I do appreciate that this can be an emotional topic but really is my honorable member colleague in order, you are promoted. Who is the you?” Kamateeka inquired.
On her part, Hon. Betty Aol Ochan the leader of opposition called for the adoption of Kiswahili saying this language would help obscure our differences.
Movers of this motion say although Article 36 of the Constitution protects the rights of Minorities and guarantees their right to participate in decision-making processes challenges persist.
They argue that indigenous communities continue to experience challenges regarding owning land, political marginalization and forced evictions from their ancestral homes.
These tribes in question include; the Alur, Ik (Teuso), Kakwa, Abayanda and Batwa among many others.