Up to 11 suspected thieves have been lynched and burnt to ashes in the districts of Lira and Kole since July 2018. They include 32-year-old Solomon Odongo, a resident Anai village, Lira Sub County who was accused of killing a mobile money operator and escaping from lawful custody.
On April, 17th, 2019, Jasper Okello Ongu, a local trader at Bala Trading Centre in Kole district was killed and the remains burnt to ashes.
Just after a day, another suspected thief identified as Jimmy Owiny, a resident of Alito Sub County in Kole district was beaten to death and his body was set on fire.
Justice Alex Mackay Ajiji, the Lira resident High Court judge has set February 16th, 2019 as the date to have Attorney General and Secretary to Treasury, Keith Muhakanizi appearing to respond to the petition.
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.
Some of the unfulfilled pledges include construction of Lango Palace, tarmacking of Rwekunye-Masindi Port, Apac through Lira to Acholi-bur highway, cattle compensation of lost livestock and construction of a modern Airfield and among others.
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.
In their joint statement presented by Morish Chris Ongom, the Executive Director of Global Forum for Development, the CSOs note that 4,771 cases of child marriages were registered in Oyama district alone last year, 3, 006 in Lira, 2565 in Kole and 995 in Dokolo district.
Dr. Patrick Buchan Ocen, the District Health Officer, explains that in Lira alone, they had projected that at least 33,000 people would be immunised by the end of the exercise next Monday. However, Ocen said by end of business yesterday about 20,000 had already been immunised.
The militias want court to compel government to pay their unpaid dues as well as fulfilling all the pledges that were made by President Yoweri Museveni towards improving their welfare after the demoblisation. They are demanding for about five billion shillings.
About 1500 residents living at Maruzi ranch in Akokoro Sub County, Apac district, are demanding a compensation of 1.5 billion shillings from the government for alleged torture. The residents claim that on January 2, 2012, they were tortured and harassed by a group of game rangers under the command of Apac Resident District Commissioner Justin Kasibante.