Explanation Provided for Delay in Compensating War Debt Claimants

Unaccounted Acholi War Debt Claimants Raise Compensation Concerns
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In Gulu, Uganda, the Prime Minister of Koch Clan, Betty Acan Tino, has raised concerns about the delay in compensating claimants seeking compensation for their lost livestock and properties due to past insurgencies in the Acholi sub-region, particularly in Omoro district. The compensation process began in 2022, initiated by President Yoweri Museveni in Soroti during the 2021/2022 financial year, with Shillings 50 billion allocated to the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs and Shillings 1.7 billion assigned to each district.

Tino expressed frustration that claimants in Omoro had not received their compensation, attributing it to errors on their information cards and speculating that the funds might be accumulating interest for select officials. In response, Jackson Kafuuzi, the deputy Attorney General, clarified that Omoro and Kumi districts had not been paid in the 2021/2022 financial year due to errors on their data cards. He emphasized that they were not withholding claimants’ money dishonestly but had not received funds for the 2022/2023 financial year.

Kafuuzi further disclosed that they anticipated receiving Shillings 30 billion in the current financial year, with Shillings 9 billion already received in the first quarter. Out of this, Shillings 3.4 billion was earmarked for Omoro and Kumi districts to compensate for the previous year’s omission.

The issue of war claims has persisted for two decades, affecting a total of 4,927 claimants in Omoro and Gulu districts.

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