Busia veterans accuse govt of ignoring them
Publish Date: Sep 28, 2009
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By Daniel Edyegu

VETERANS in Busia district have accused the Government of leaving them out of the prosperity-for-all campaign, popularly known as Bona Bagaggawale.

This was during a consultative meeting with the district officials at Busia Border Primary School, on Saturday.

Ismail Bwiire, the veteran’s chairman, said they had tried to get Government funding through programmes like the National Agricultural Advisory Services but in vain.

“Most of us are living under appalling conditions yet we served this country diligently. We appeal to the Government to establish a financial scheme to cater for veterans,” Bwire said.

He added that most veterans had spent years without getting pension, which had resulted into frustration.

“The Government should tell us whether the pension scheme exists. Most of us have sold off everything to be able to commute to Kampala, but we gain nothing,” Bwire said.

The meeting, which attracted 77 veterans, was called to discuss the challenges facing veterans and the way forward.

The Busia deputy resident district commissioner, Emilly Akullo, explained that the pension scheme exists but most veterans fail to access their money due to misinformation.

“Some veterans think by exaggerating their years in service, they will get more money. This often leads to cancellation of pension forms,” she said.

Kiyingi urged the veterans to form groups so they can borrow money from the UPDF Wazalendo savings and credit scheme.

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