Ugandan Government Sued Over Kony

August 14, 2013 11:09 pm0 comments by:

Victims of the Lord’s Resistance Army-LRA insurgency are to institute a thirty eight trillion shillings lawsuit against the government of Uganda for lost property.

The victims, who are under the association-Acholi War Debt Claimants Association, are suing the government of Uganda for the property, which they lost during the two decade long insurgency in northern Uganda.

George Pius Opio the Spokesperson of Acholi War Debt Claimants Association, says they have contracted, a law firm-Kampala Associated Advocates, to institute a civil suit against the government of Uganda for the property, that they lost during the time the Ugandan army was battling with the Lord’s Resistance Army rebels.

“We have already contacted the Attorney General of Uganda and he has given us a go ahead to sue the government for our animals that were eaten by government forces during the time they were fighting with Joseph Kony from northern Uganda here” Opio explains.

He says that the 38 trillion shillings that they are demanding from government of Uganda will include compensation and interest that they would have accumulated from their property right from 1988 to date.

“ That thirty eight trillion shillings cannot fully compensate us because we lost more than that and as you are aware our cattle that were eaten by soldiers would have multiplied so much by now” Opio says the thirty eight trillion shillings will be used to compensate about 10,000 people who lost their property in northern Uganda.

The government of Uganda recently agreed to an out of court settlement with members of Acholi War Debt Claimants Association. The government has so far released to them 7.5 billion shillings for compensation.

The government agreed to pay them a total of 1.5 trillion shillings as war reparation.

The members of the association are however saying that the 1.5 trillion shillings is too little and are now planning to lodge a fresh suit in the court.

Acholi war debt claimants association was formed in July 2005 to seek compensation from government on behalf of the people who lost property during the two decades of fighting between the government and rebels of the Lord’s Resistance army

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