Uganda: Government needs Shs2 Trillion for War Claims Compensation – African Business

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Jackson Kafuuzi (Deputy Attorney General) stated that the government needs Shs2 trillion in compensation for victims of insurgencies and wars in Northern and Eastern Uganda, West Nile, and the Elgon subregion.

Kafuuzi spoke before the Committee on Government Assurance and Implementation, which was presided over by Hon. Joseph Ssewungu reported that 20,727 claimants have received a total Shs50 Billion in settlements in the 27 districts in Acholi and Lango, West Nile. The sub-regions of Teso, Sebei. Bukedi, Busoga, and Karamoja have each received Shs1.7 billion.

The committee met with the Deputy Attorney general to discuss government assurances about compensating people who lost cattle during insurgents and wars in sub-regions.

“At the closure of the Financial Year 2021/2022 out of 38,225 submissions from the districts, 30,339 were reviewed. Out of the 30,339 submissions, 20,727 were paid a total sum of Shs50 billion,” he said.

Kafuuzi claimed that compensation was raised from Shs300,000 up to Shs1million for each animal. Compensation was also made for up 50 cows.

He stated that claimants are those who have sued the government and that they are being paid. The government requested that the cases be settled outside of court.

Kafuuzi said however that the amount needed to pay the compensation would exceed Shs2 trillion. This would include all war debt claimsants from Acholi and Lango, Tesoja, West Nile. Sebei. Bukedi. Busoga, and other regions.

He stated that this number is not yet confirmed, but an estimate based on several other districts that are seeking to be included.

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He also stated that the committee will interface directly with Anthony Odul, who was awarded Shs136million for 136 cows; Anthonio Opio who was paid Shs120million for 120 cows; and William Okidi, who was paid Shs108million for 108 cows.

He stated that the purpose of sampling the compensationed persons was to establish the facts surrounding the exercise.

Kafuuzi has ruled out the possibility of using part the funds intended for compensation to pay administrative costs, as was the situation in previous exercises.

Distributed by APO Group for Parliament of the Republic of Uganda

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