Veterans' Payment Haunts Museveni Campaigns Top story

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President Yoweri Museveni was also faced with demands for unpaid money to the veterans in Kitgum district, when he campaigned there on Sunday.

The delayed payment of veterans in the country continues to haunt President Museveni's campaigns in many parts of the country.
While campaigning at Namukora in Kitgum district, the issue of payment of veterans and compensation of war victims was one of the major talking points.
Francis Odora Opyere, the chairperson of an Association of Veterans in Kitgum district told Uganda Radio Network that he mobilized veterans in the district to attend the rally, and hear for themselves what president Museveni would say.

According to Odora, many veterans or loved ones are still struggling to access their benefits.

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Addressing the issue, President Museveni said Uganda, was now collecting enough money and the remaining veterans would be cleared.
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It is unclear how many veterans are in Kitgum district. 

The National Resistance Movement (NRM) presidential candidate campaigns in Gulu on Monday.


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Peter Labeja
Peter Labeja has been a practicing journalist for the last 13 years during which he has covered part of the brutal conflict which bedeviled Northern Uganda as well as the painful transition to Peace thereafter. Emerging post conflict issues such as land rights of under privileged widows and orphans, challenges of access to social services in the immediate aftermath of Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

Labeja is now the Northern Uganda Bureau chief in Acholi Sub Region since 2014 - Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts as well as South Sudan falls within his areas of jurisdiction. He previously worked with The Vision Group for four years.

Labeja’s major career interests are in Climate Change; Agriculture and Environment - natural resources such as Water, Oil and Gas; Transitional Justice; Human Rights, Democracy and Governance as well as South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis. In 2013, Labeja was awarded a prestigious Pan African Journalism Award for excellence in journalism at United Nation’s UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya for Climate Change and Health Reporting.