Government Embarks on Verification of Lango War Claimants

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Kibwanga says once they are done with the verification exercise, they will forward the details to government to process payment for the claimants.

Government has embarked on the verification of members of Lango War claimants' Association before they are compensated for the loss of their livestock during various insurgencies in Northern Uganda.

Lango War Claimants' Association comprises of 69,000 members scattered in Oyam, Lira, Apac, Kole, Alebtong, Otuke, Dokolo and Amolatar districts. Government has secured Shillings 52 billion to pay the war claimants. 

The verification of the claimants is jointly being conducted by the Attorney General and Makmot and Company advocate, a Lira based law firm. Adams Makmot Kibwanga, the Association's Legal Manager says they have so far verified 25,000 members in Otuke, Oyam and Alebtong districts and asked each of them to open a bank account for their payment.

Kibwanga says once they are done with the verification exercise, they will forward the details to government to process payment for the claimants. Bosco Odyek, a member of the association says he lost 30 cows in 1989. He is excited about the verification exercise saying they will finally be compensated by government.

According to Odyek, he intends to start a small business once he receives the compensation monies. 63-year-old Margaret Adong, a resident of Atangwata parish in Orum Sub County Otuke district says she will give the money to her only grandson to construct a house and start a small business.

In 2009, Lango War Claimants Association dragged government to court demanding compensation for the livestock they lost during various insurgencies in the region. High court ordered government to pay the claimants Shillings 2.9 trillion.

In 2012, government through the Attorney General released more than 20 billion Shillings through Bashasa and Co Advocate, a Kampala based law firm to pay over 4,000 war victims.


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Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.