The Attorney General, Kiryowa Kiwanuka explained that the Ministry of Justice is currently dealing with 92,652 people from northern Uganda who are verified and not in dispute. He revealed that of this 16,946 are from Acholi, 42,042 from the Lango sub-region and 33,664 from the Teso region.
In 2008, the claimants through Makmot-Kibwanga Co. Advocates, petitioned Lira High Court claiming for the compensation of 1,100,055 lost heads of cattle and 796,377goats. In 2014, former High Court Judge, Justice Simon Byabakama awarded the claimants 1.9 trillion as compensation of their lost animals.
In 2011, the government through the Office of the Prime Minister released over 20 billion shillings for the payment of cattle compensation in Lango and Kitgum. However, Makmot says that the money never reached the intended beneficiaries.
More than 70,000 local residents successfully sued the government of Uganda in Lira high court over their stolen livestock and other property during variuos insurgencies that occured in the region some years back.Through their lawyer, Alex Bashasha of Bashasha and Co.Advocate, the residnets under the case of Betty Akello and Sam Obua were awarded huge compensation for the lost animals and damages in 2014.Since then the group has never been paid by the government.
Members of the Acholi War Debt Claimants Association have petitioned the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga asking her to compel Government to allocate 150 billion shillings in the financial year 2018/2019 budget for cattle compensation.