EE State’s Horiok Community Elects Supreme Council

In order to smoothly coordinate and run community affairs in their present five Payams of Kudo, Himodonge, Iyire, Imurok and Ifwotu, the Horiok community of Torit County in Eastern Equatoria State has formed a supreme council and elected its executive body.

EE State’s Horiok Community Elects Supreme Council
Horiok Community Supreme Council elected officials [©Gurtong]

By Peter Lokale Nakimangole
TORIT, 6th May, 2011 [Gurtong] – In order to smoothly coordinate and run community affairs in their present five Payams of Kudo, Himodonge, Iyire, Imurok and Ifwotu, the Horiok community of Torit County in Eastern Equatoria State has formed a supreme council and elected its executive body.

The move followed a day long community convention held at CDOT’s Hall in Torit on 30th April 2011, attended by top community intellectuals including youths, women, elders, chiefs, parliamentarians at all levels of Assemblies, Ministers and different leaders of the community. Gurtong witnessed the whole process.

Germany Charles Ojolo was elected as the new chairperson deputized by Olak David Olympio, whereas Felix Okany Remijo was elected the supreme council Secretary with William Odiongo Amanya being his deputy.

Josephine Night Oromo was elected as treasurer whose deputy is Sam Okwara Tony while Fidele Morbe Martin was elected an Information Secretary, deputized by Hillary Francis Otwari.

Elected Members
The supreme council’s executive members are;
Paula Aya, Emmanuel Achaha Opiro and Oliha Charles Alex.

During the meeting, Paul Aya, a Supreme Executive member, reminded the council with great concern that communication among the community members at any level of leadership should be taken seriously.

She appealed to the community to gravely embark on Agricultural production persuading each local community member to take a hoe and cultivate as the rainy season was near.

The Council Advisory Board
The community went further to elect a four- council Advisory Board to the supreme council which comprises of the following;
Hon. Dr. Theophilus Ochang, Mr. Kasmiro Okanyi Fermo, Mr. Bento Ijanyi Karmello and Mr.Stephen Ohia Sareso.

Brief about Horiok Supreme council
The Supreme council is a new body formed following the Horiok community’s joint decision after the CDOT’s Hall meeting in Torit on Saturday 30th April.

Its objective is to look into issues affecting the community including developmental initiatives and approaches, explained the council chair Mr. Ojolo and added that the council’s other main goal is to represent views of the Horiok at large as the community comprises of the present five Payams.

Before its establishment, Ojolo explained that there had been Payam supreme councils. Their existence in the Horiok’s five Payams shall continue regardless of Horiok Supreme Council, HSC, but they will from time to time be answerable to the HSC.    
 
Ojolo said prior to this formation, Horiok Development Association, HODA, has been voluntarily but with the community’s mandate, handling all the activities of the community in their five Payams.

However, he explained, “as you can now see the new formation of the supreme council emerged, it will as from now work with the community’s mandate but HODA as a Community Based Organization in the area shall continue with its activities as stipulated constitutionaly in regards to the community.

After its establishment and after the signing of CPA, HODA managed to settle land disputes that erupted around 2008 among the five payams of Ifwotu, Imurok, Hilieu, Iyire and Kudo among others.

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