Alur people

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Alur are an ethnic group who live in northwestern Uganda and northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). They are part of the larger Luo group.

In Uganda, they live mainly in the Nebbi, Zombo, and Arua districts, in the DRC, they reside mostly north of Lake Albert.


Most members of the group speak Alur, a language closely related to Acholi and Adhola. Some Alur speak Lendu or Kebu.[citation needed]


The Alur Kingdom is probably the only one that was unaffected by the Ugandan ban on traditional monarchies in 1966.[1]

When the Europeans arrived the Alur people were organized in ten chiefdoms, namely: Angal,Juganda, Jukoth, Mukambu, War Palara, Panduru, Ukuru, Paidha, Papagoa and Panyikano. Based on the royal spear head bearing tradition, the Ubimu of Alur tribe H.M Philip Olarker Rauni III is the supreme ruler of the entire Alur tribe, with his capital at Kaal Atyak Winam, Zombo district - Uganda.

In Angal, the current chief is Rwoth Djalore Serge II. He took over from his late father Kamanda who died in 1998. All these sub tribes of the Alur descended directly from King Nyipir lineage.[2]


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  2. ^ Aidan 1953: The Alur Society; a Study in Processes and Types of Domination