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AG Disputes UGX 1.9 Trillion Compensation for Lango War Claimants

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.
Copy of the court summon to Lawyer Makmot and Attorney General

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The Attorney General has disputed the 1.9 trillion shillings compensation being demanded by Lango war claimants.

The money is meant to compensate 70,000 war claimants whose livestock was lost during the insurgency in 1986.

In 2008, the claimants through Makmot-Kibwanga & Co. Advocates, petitioned Lira High Court claiming for the compensation of heads of cattle and goats.

In 2014, former High Court Judge, Justice Simon Byabakama awarded the claimants 1.9 trillion as compensation of their lost animals.

However, the Commissioner Litigation, Martin Mwabutsya has disputed the compensation figure claiming it has never been verified.

They have also questioned circumstances under which the 1.9 trillion cattle compensation court judgement was awarded.

In their complaint filed at the Lira High Court, the Attorney General says that they never received the 2014 court judgment delivered by Justice Simon Byabakama.

They want lawyer Makmot to explain circumstances under which he arrived at the 1.9 trillion figures currently being demanded from the government.

On Tuesday, both Makmot and team from Attorney General's office appeared before Lira High Court deputy registrar, Thaddeus Opesen to Attorney General's complaint.

The case has been re-scheduled for hearing on April, 16th, 2019 before the Lira Resident High Court Judge, Justice Alex McKay Ajiiji.

Makmot insists that all the legal procedures were undertaken before, during and after the court judgment.

He instead accused Attorney General of rising what he termed as unnecessary complaints with an intention of delaying payment.

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Makmot accused some politicians of frustrating his effort to secure the compensation.

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About a month ago, Makmot petitioned President Museveni questioning how the first 20 billion shillings released for compensation was utilized.

There are two groups of people claiming for the cattle compensation from government of Uganda. The groups include those under Akello Betty and Francis Ongia with over 60,000 claimants and being represented by Bashasha and Company Advocates.

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