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AG Kiwanuka Kiryowa

Government Earmarks Shs50bn for Compensation of LRA Victims

by Max Pat
posted onAugust 4, 2021

Government has earmarked Shs50billion in this Financial year, for compensation of victims of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) insurgency in various parts of the country.

According to the Attorney General, Kiryowa Kiwanuka, the Ministry of Finance had indicated by correspondence of 11th March, 2021 that Shs50billion would be provided for compensation in FY 2021/22 with an additional Shs500billion to be availed in line with the directives of the President.

While addressing Parliament on Tuesday, AG Kiryowa said that the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, is in the ‘advanced’ stages of verifying livestock compensation claims in Acholi, Lango and Teso sub regions. According to the Attorney General, government is expected to compensate 92,652 claimants and beneficiaries in Acholi (16,946), Lango (42,042) and Teso (33,664).

“The display exercise commenced in December 2022 and the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs is due to follow up with an exercise of compiling details of genuine claimants and beneficiaries based on bio data using Data Cards,” Kiryowa said.

He added that the compensation exercise shall be concluded with amicable settlement of the pending litigation in the High Court, Gulu, High Court, Lira and High Court, Soroti and settlement agreements with non-litigants.

However, a section of the MPs raised concern that the exercise has left out many other regions/ beneficiaries, prompting Deputy Speaker Anita Among to direct that the Attorney General presents an update on the progress of the exercise after every two weeks. According to Kiryowa, the compensation exercise will also be expanded to Karamoja, West Nile, Sebei, Bukedi and Busoga.

For over 20years, Joseph Kony and his LRA rebels tormented the subregions of Lango, Acholi and Teso killing and abducting thousands of people and children before the UPDF dismantled them in 2008. Kony who is reportedly in Central African Republic is weak and disoriented following the killing and capture of his top commanders including Dominic Ongwen, a former child soldier who became one of the top commanders of the rebel, who was in May this year sentenced to 25years in prison by Hague, for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Uganda.

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