Veterans to demonstrate demanding governmnet to speed up the process of paying their gratuity.
Police yesterday blocked a demonstration organized by ex-servicemen and veterans in Kabale to protest none payment of their gratuity. The demonstration was expected to start with a procession from High Land hotel along Kisoro road at 10:00am.
The protestors were expected to deliver their petition to Cox Nyakairu, Kabale Resident District Commissioner to deliver it to the president.
The veterans claim that in June 2010, government embarked on the process of registering them and asked them to open accounts so as to be paid but to date nothing has been done.
Turinawe Eguma, the leader of veterans in Kabale says that during the documentation exercise, many of them sold their property and got loans to facilitate their movement to Bombo army headquarters.
He says that they waited patiently for their payment without any response from government.
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Charles Ssembabulidde, Kabale District Police commander says that they stopped the demonstration because it was not cleared by the police.
Ssembabulidde says that they will not allow the veterans to stage any demonstration until they are cleared by police. But Turinawe insists that they will schedule another day despite threats from the police.
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Kamara Robert the second division spokesperson says there is no need for demonstrations as government is sorting out modalities of paying the veterans.
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He says few of them have been paid their gratuity and the remaining ones will be cleared off.