2,000 veterans on Wednesday turned up at Arua District headquarters in Arua City for the nationwide verification exercise.
that was launched two weeks ago will help to identify veterans and survivors
who have never received their payment from the government since the 1980s.
Bwambale, the head of the West Nile Veterans verification team said the exercise is
aimed at eliminating ghost pensioners and Exgratia and former army claimants.
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Some of the Veterans who turned up on day one
of the exercise asked the government to expedite the process of paying them
since it's long overdue.
Pastore Odraa who joined the army in 1986 said since he retired after fighting
the LRA Insurgency in 1995, he has never received any payment from the
government despite several promises.
“From 1986 until I left in 1995, we walked on foot
up to Sudan and removed Landmines with our bare hands What we asking the government
to do is to pay our money so that we can help ourselves because it’s us who
combed Uganda of all insurgencies.
John Ikungua who served for 15 years in the army said since he was retired in
2001 up to now he has never received any payment.
“I was retired in
2001 but up to now I have never received any payment, my back broke while
serving in the army because of lifting heavy bombs while in Rwanda and now I’m
hit by a stroke and weak and I appeal to the government to pay me my money so that I
can help myself and also the Orphans left by my Brother”
next of kin of Rashid Onziga who also served in the Uganda Army said he expects
reasonable pay from the Army for the services his late father rendered.
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City Commissioner Arua Alice Akello said she is happy that the exercise has
finally kicked off because her office has been receiving too many complaints
from the veterans over non-payment of their benefits.
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more than 10,000 veterans in West Nile who served in various armies but most of
them have died without receiving their benefits from the government.