PAKWACH. Pakwach town council business community members on Friday elected their new leaders after a record 24 years of working under the same leadership.

Mr Lianda Oriek was elected unopposed to replace Mr Abraham Waba, the longest serving business chairperson who assumed office in 1995.

Other executive posts filled by new leaders include; the vice chairperson, secretary, treasurer and the four finance committee members tasked to source business ideas for the expansion of the association.

In his speech, the outgoing business chairperson, Mr Waba boasted of the expansion of commercial buildings in the town council as one of the achievements in his reign.

He, however, challenged the new leadership to be innovative and pick from where he has left.

"I want to thank the entire business community of Pakwach for the trust they had in me for all these years. I, therefore, urge the new leadership to avoid duplicating services but be creative to compete in a friendly manner," he said.

He stressed the need for consultation and accountability for transparency if the association is to grow.

Meanwhile Mr Oriek, the incoming chairperson called for cooperation and support from members of the business community.

"With the evolution of new technology, business ideas are changing rapidly. So let’s move with the world and stop internal fights," Oriek advised.

He appealed for immediate empowerment in preparation for the oil and gas opportunities to benefit the local business community.

While presiding over the event, Mr Epiphany Oryema, a representative from the office of the town clerk described the election as being credible, free and fair.

But speaking on behalf of the district chairperson, Mr Ben Owiny, the Pakwach district secretary of finance assured the members of the district’s readiness to work closely with them for the growth of the association.

"The chairperson told me to inform you of the impending meeting next week which is aimed at preparing you for the available opportunities notably; in Wadelai irrigation scheme," he said.

Owiny was impressed by the executive composition considering the special interest groups, saying it becomes easy to solicit for support from the government.

During the function, at least 300 members of the business community in Pakwach town council advocated for the amendment of some sections in the business constitution.

Among others, they proposed that members of the executive should be elected after every two years of service so as to allow checks and balances in the leadership.