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Authorities of Pabo secondary school in Amuru are demanding for the compensation of their school truck and tractor which were forcefully taken by the National Resistance Army in the 1986 war.
Mathias Kitara, the chairman school Board of governors has written President Yoweri Museveni demanding for compensation. In his letter to Museveni, Kitara says that NRA soldiers now named UPDF took the school truck of registration number UE 037 together with a tractor that was used to plough the school garden.
He explains that the incident occurred shortly after the NRM assumed power. Walter Knox Otim, the head teacher Pabo Secondary school says that without the truck, the school has been finding difficulties in arranging transport for students during co-curriculum activities away from the school.
He says that the school has 250 acres of land that could be used it their tractor was replaced. The school has twelve teachers who are on government payroll plus twelve others paid by the board of governors.
Milton Odongo, Amuru Resident District commissioner says that he is aware of the situation and has also written to asking him to consider replacing the school vehicles.
Odongo says that replacing the school truck would improve the relationship between government and members of the community in Amuru who have resentment towards government for delayed compensation.
The demand for compensation of the school trucks is one of the many pending demands that Museveni will have to address before the February 18 elections.
Over 6000 Acholi war claimants are seeking compensation for property lost during the 1986 war. In 2007, the claimants sued government for compensation before government agreed to an out of court settlement.