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War victims to get cash for livestock

By Vision Reporter

Added 25th February 2010 03:00 AM

GULU High Court recently fixed the prices the Government should pay Acholi war debt claimants for the 245,046 animals they lost during the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) insurgency.

By Chris Ocowun

GULU High Court recently fixed the prices the Government should pay Acholi war debt claimants for the 245,046 animals they lost during the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) insurgency.

The court, presided over by Justice Remmy Kasule, ruled that a local bull below 10 months will be compensated with sh350,000, while a local heifer and a mature bull will be compensated with sh550,000 and sh600,000, respectively.

An exotic heifer will fetch sh950,000, while a local and an exotic sheep/goat, shall fetch sh75,000 and sh355,000, respectively.

“This ruling is to apply only to that part of the settlement which as at the date of the ruling has not been assessed and paid by the defendant. The ruling is for the benefits of all the parties to civil suit number 0038 of 2006,” the ruling read.

The district veterinary officer, Pontius Ochora, said the prices of the livestock were based on their purpose, the age, and on whether the animal was local or exotic, female or male.

The claimants are demanding about sh1.4trillion from the Government for 245,046 animals allegedly looted by the LRA rebels and the UPDF during the insurgency. They are from Pader, Gulu, Kitgum and Amuru districts.

According to a 2008 ruling, the Government agreed to settle the case. The settlement was subjected to verification of individual claims and determining the value of the livestock.

The Government recently released about sh2b as part payment to the claimants.

War victims to get cash for livestock

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