“The people of Teso sub-region have been subjected to a lot of untold suffering, murders, raping of women and children, torture, displacement from homes, placement into Internally Displaced Camps (IDP Camps), theft of property, rustling of their animals and complete denial of socio-economic activities in the face of government and its institutions constitutionally mandated to protect them and their property”, the notice reads.
The Finance Ministry had tasked all claimants in Lango, Acholi and Teso sub-region to obtain Tax Identification Numbers as a mandatory requirement for processing their payment. The number is a ten-digit code issued by the Uganda Revenue Authority to prospective Taxpayers to enable them to meet their tax obligations.
This has not gone down well with Oulanyah. While addressing the NRM leaders, Oulanyah blamed the delayed compensation of the Lango war claimants on the office of the Attorney General, which he accused of coming up with unnecessary bureaucracies.
Two firms; Omongole & Co. Advocates and Kampala Associated Advocates (KAA) have presented varying lists basing on earlier orders and government consent with other parties in the compensation. The firms are challenging the authenticity of the list of 33,664 claimants and their legal representation in the matter.
The Minister for Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Matia Kasaija says the ministries and other agencies want to work in isolation because each wants to control resources, yet this cannot lead to expected results.
Joseph Kasirye, the Masaka Municipality Democratic Party-DP Organizing Secretary, says he is afraid that once appointed to a government-initiated committee, Civil society organizations will be compromised and eventually lose the impartiality with which they are perceived to execute their duties.