APRIL 1, 2010: LRA Victims to be Compensated

LRA Victims to Be Compensated
SOURCE: Monitor

By Hudson Apunyo

Lira — The government will compensate victims of the Lord's Resistance Army insurgency in Lango sub-region, President Museveni has said. While addressing a rally at Ogur Primary School in Erute North on Tuesday, Mr Museveni said those whose lips, ears and limbs were cut would be compensated and relatives of those who were killed would also be financially supported.
Strict Methodology

The President's pronouncement followed questions by Lira District Chairman Franco Ojur on what plans the government had for LRA victims. Mr Museveni, however, said those who lost property would not be compensated since many people were equally affected during the same period. "Compensation will be strictly for those who were maimed and to those who lost their relatives," he said.

Mr Museveni, who said, he also personally lost property during Amin's time said the government would only support people who lost property through programmes like the National Agricultural Advisory Services and the Northern Uganda Social Action Fund.

In Acholi sub region, the government has started compensating people who lost cattle during the war. The President visited a citrus farm belonging to Mr Richard Ogwal in Amori, Adyaka Parish and offered him Shs3 million to buy heifers. Mr Ogwal said he earns Shs20 million every year out of his citrus fruits, seedlings and cassava cuttings.