Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Kasese war victims petition Museveni

 By Enid Ninsiima

Kasese- Families that incurred losses during the Allied Democratic Forces insurgency in Kasese District have petitioned President Museveni for compensation.
In a July 18 letter written to the President, more than 20 families said they had waited in vain for compensation.
“We would like to inform you that our longing and waiting for the second phase of compensation has fixed our minds in anxiety and despair,” the letter reads in part.
The claimants accuse the government of segregation during the first phase of payment which was done in 2009.
The chairperson to the group, Mr Abasa Bogere, said the compensation could have been delayed due to the difference and similarities between the lists of the claimants.

“We are not happy with the way government handled compensation process . We were many but it only selected the rich people who were paid a lot,” Mr George Mutabazi, one of the claimants, said.
The secretary of the claimants, Mr Hassan Hury Basisa, the accused government of neglecting them yet they are in dire need for compensation.
“We are trying to look for another legal alternative if we have failed to get what belongs to us in time, ”Mr Basisa said.
However, the Resident District Commissioner, Mr Milton Odongo, advised the claimants to be patient.
He said the government knows their problem, adding that it was a matter of time before their issue is solved.
“We have already paid some and others will be catered for. They need not hurry government is slow but sure,” Mr Odongo said.
ADF rebels attacked Kasese Town in March 2001, killed some people and looted property.