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A flag of the Acholi Kingdom in the possession of Prof. Michel Lupant (President of FIAV) is 107mm (at hoist) by 172mm (wide) with a white background with a black elephant walking head-on, slightly walking towards the fly, with 3 white nails of his right foreleg (viewers left). The ears and head are drawn in white and the tusk, towards the hoist, is also in white while the the other tusk is black. The trunk swings towards the fly and the elephant is found on a tall grass mount.
scan by John McMeekin, 31 Mar 2007
Measurement is 22mm in the straight-base of the mount.
22mm top of ears to the base of the mount.
John Duncan McMeekin, 31 Mar 2007
The flag credited as being that of the Acholi Kingdom by John McMeekin, is most
likely just a royal flag. On 19 October 2004 the Kampala newspaper, The
Monitor, reported as follows:
"Sgt.Okot Babu (48), on Wednesday hoisted the Acholi flag alongside the National Flag at 10:22 am in front of the Gulu District Council Hall. The brief colourful ceremony which was performed amidst ululations from councillors, civil servants and the public was part of the 11th Council proceedings. The LC5, Lt.Col.Walter Ochora-Odoch, RDC,Mr.Max Omeda, Rev.Willy Olango (Speaker), and Richard Muvule (District Police Commander) later inspected a guard of honour mounted by the district local police led by Gulu Women Empowerment Network (GWENET) brass band. The motion to adopt the flag was moved by the MP for Koro, Mr.Latim Baltaza and was unanimously adopted by the council. The flag is designed like the National flag in brown, green and light blue colours. There is a black elephant in a white background in the middle of the flag which is facing the hoisted side with its trunk down just like the Crested Crane is in the national flag. Latim said the brown colour signifies fertile and abundant natural resources, green represents evergreen vegetation while light blue represents abundant water bodies and reliable rainfall. He said the black elephant is a sign of supremacy and a peaceful nation."
The Acholi ethnic group lives in northern Uganda, in the districts of Gulu, Kitkum and Pader. Acholiland and neighbouring districts have been ravaged by the insurgency led by Lord's resistance Army since 1987. The ruler is at present Rwot Onen David Acana II - Paromount Chief.
Chrystian Kretowicz, 02 Mar 2008