Nakaseke Veterans Launch Renewed Compensation Demands

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In short
Over the years several groups of people in places where NRA had bases have come up to ask for compensation from the NRM government arguing that they gave the then rebels food, cows, vehicles, medicines, protection, among other services as they fought in the bushes. Some of them have in the past camped at various government buildings to demand compensation.

Government is facing renewed demands for compensation from a number of veterans in Nakaseke district, part of Luweero Triangle, an area which bore the brunt of the NRA guerilla war.

The veterans claim that they need to be fully compensated for their involvement in the 1981-86 Struggle that ushered the NRM government into power.
 
Over the years several groups of people in places where NRA had bases have come up to ask for compensation from the NRM government arguing that they gave the then rebels food, cows, vehicles, medicines, protection, among other services as they fought in the bushes. Some of them have in the past camped at various government buildings to demand compensation. 
 
Now Fresh demands are puffed up by a new Umbrella body “Kiwoko-Kikamulo Military Veterans Group, an association bringing together members from the areas of Kikamulo Sub County and Kiwoko Town Council in Nakaseke District.
 
Led by their chairperson, Yekoyada Senyondo, the veterans said the delayed response could drive them into forming alliances with opposition groups and campaign against NRM in forthcoming polls.
 
Senyondo claims that he has only received Ugx 5 Million over a period of 28 years that the NRM has steered the country. He says the payment is Peanut compared to the sacrifice the veterans undertook for the country.
 
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Earnest Katende another veteran wonders says that he only received Ugx 150,000/= after the
war and has been waiting for a better package over the years. He says as a result, many of them are losing faith and trust in the ruling government whose priorities, he observes, have changed to wasteful spending and power struggles.  
 
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Another claimant, Lawrence Gitta, says the recent poll loss in Luwero, was deserving to a party that disregarded its roots.

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However, Sarah Kataike Ndoboli, the state minister for Luweero triangle told Uganda Radio Network on phone that the veterans concerns are known to the authorities and plans are ongoing to have all of them cleared.

She added that government has also put in place a number of channels through which veterans can get out of abject poverty.

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According to Government, over Ugx 200 billion has been spent since the compensation scheme began.   Records indicate that there are over 60,000 veterans across the country but only 19,000 have been compensated.

While meeting veterans from Kikyuusa and Kamila sub counties in Luweero district last year, President Museveni said that he had received several complaints from veterans who are claiming to live in abject poverty. He disclosed that government had formed zones based on past National Resistance Army war camps to set up seed and livestock multiplication center that would be distributed to veterans free of charge.

President Museveni explained that the project was expected to get the veterans put of poverty and stop them from complaining about compensation schemes.