Campus - For many,
leadership is thought about when they are grown-up or mature enough to decide
upon it. Others are born into royalty and the rite to leadership is from birth.
In Patrick Ouma Lakwayi II's case, this came as an appointment at the age of
three. Yes, that’s right, 3 years.
years and seven months old, Lakwayi II, who lives in Tai Ocot village in
Labongo Amida Sub-county, Kitgum District, is the first in the Oceng lineage to
inherit the Parakono sub-clan throne. This comes after almost a century since
the death of the once-powerful clan Chief Lakwayi I in the 1920s.
the throne has been held by caretakers until last year when Ouma was appointed
as the legitimate clan chief in February. Richard Ocaya, Patrick's father, says
he has since been readying his son for his new role by tutoring him about the
rich history of the Parakono sub-clan, and the Acholi people specifically.
my best to teach him the Acholi tradition, every day at the fireplace, I tell
him the history of his grandfather. Fortunately, he has shown a lot of
interest. One fact I liked about him is that he doesn’t move anyhow, he is
always at home and if there is a clan meeting, he is the first to remind me…,”
Richard intimated in an interview with Uganda Radio Network.
Rose Aparo, Ouma’s mother, received the decision taken by the clan elders to
appoint her son as a clan chief well.
appointed my son, I had no problem with it, it actually was a surprise to me to
which I was happy. However, what I want is for him to study because his duties
in the future require someone educated,” she said.
this, Dr Jackson Oloya Nyeko, a parliamentary contestant in the Chua West
Constituency has since pledged to pay for Ouma throughout his education.
One of the subjects
of Parakonosub-clan, Morris Otto, says he is happy that the clan has finally
got its legitimate ruler.
“I am happy
as a subject in this village to associate myself with the new clan leader. I
and my family will commit ourselves to work with him and his councils despite
his young age,” he added.
since Ouma is still very young, he will be attending council meetings along
with his elders but major decisions making concerning affairs of the sub-clans
of Oceng, Kapori and Opon will be handled by the council of elders comprising