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Lango War Claimants Petition Court over Delayed Compensation

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.
Lango war claimants have petitioned the High Court in Lira district over delayed livestock compensation payment.

The petition filed by the claimants' lawyer, Adams Makmot Kibwanga seeks to compel government to expedite payment of about 1.9 trillion shillings to some 69,000 claimants.

In 2010 the claimants sued the government at Lira High Court seeking for compensation of their livestock which they lost during various insurgencies since 1986 when President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni took over government.

In 2015, the High Court presided over by Justice Simon Byamukama ordered the government to pay them more than 1.9 trillion shillings as compensation for the lost livestock.

But since then the government has remained silent on the matter.

Kibwanga said they want court to order the Attorney General to produce and display in public particulars of verified claimants to ensure genuine beneficiaries are paid.

According to Makmot, their attempts to follow up payment from government has continued to meet various obstacles.

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 to respond to the petition.

Boniface Okello Opio, 72 a resident of Aromo Sub County who is demanding for the compensation of his 120 cows said they resorted to petition court as their last option.

Okello wondered why government of Uganda has been so hesitant to pay for their lost animals.

Early this month, Kibwanga wrote a letter to President Museveni seeking for an explanation as to why the claimants have not been compensated.

 Kibwanga also asked the President to consider investigating how 20 billion shillings released by the government to pay for the compensation of livestock in Lango and Acholi sub-regions was used.

Last week while in Gulu town, President Museveni explained that money for paying livestock compensation in Lango and Acholi regions had been diverted to finance other infrastructural activities.

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