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Teso Leaders Demand Affirmative Action on Cattle Compensation

Stephen Ochola, the Serere LCV Chairperson and head of LCV Chairpersons for all Teso District Chairpersons says that the cattle raids, insurgency and insecurity affected all the households in the area.
Counsel Omongole addressing claimants after court on Friday.

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LCV Chairpersons in the Teso region are asking the government to consider cattle compensation for all households in the sub-region. 

Stephen Ochola, the Serere LCV Chairperson and head of LCV Chairpersons for all Teso District Chairpersons says that the cattle raids, insurgency and insecurity affected all the households in the area.

He explains that most of the people in Teso didn’t go to court while others have not been included in the lists under verification by the government.

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The move by Teso leaders comes at a time when the government is verifying lists of claimants to benefit from cattle compensation programs following court orders.

In 2018, the High Court in Soroti ordered the government to pay over 2,000 people in Teso over the violation of fundamental human rights and freedoms after the Kasilo County MP, Elijah Okupa and 2,020 others dragged the Attorney General to court. Other people also dragged the government to court on related issues forcing the government to opt for a Consent Judgement with claimants in some cases. 

But in the lists availed for compensation by the government, less than 50,000 people were recommended for verification to access compensation, an issue that has infuriated several other people. Ochola says that an affirmation action on cattle compensation for all would solve the impasse.

While in Serere recently, the Vice President, Jessica Alupo said that the cabinet had approved compensation of 150 Billion Shillings for Acholi, Lango and Teso. She said that the compensation would commence before the end of the year.

Alupo added that the cabinet had also considered other people who could have missed in the first list to register and would benefit from subsequent payrolls on compensation. 

“We have selected some elders across all the affected regions to register the remaining claimants with their respective sub-counties and districts to get compensation. All the MPs in the affected regions know these elders and the Attorney General is coming up with terms of reference for the elders to carry out this exercise” she said.