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Kony victims to be compensated

By Vision Reporter

Added 31st March 2010 03:00 AM

THE Government will compensate people whose body parts were cut by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels during the insurgency, President Yoweri Museveni has said.

THE Government will compensate people whose body parts were cut by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels during the insurgency, President Yoweri Museveni has said.

By Patrick Okino
and Bill Oketch

THE Government will compensate people whose body parts were cut by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels during the insurgency, President Yoweri Museveni has said.

Addressing hundreds of people at Ogur Primary School in Lira district during his tour of the Prosperity For All Programme on Tuesday, Museveni said families who lost their relatives and property will also be supported.

“The victims whose ears and arms were cut will be compensated but for those who were killed, their families will be supported because human life cannot be compensated,”

Museveni was responding to a concern raised by the Lira LC5, Franco Ojur, about compensation of property lost during the war.

For the property lost, Museveni added that the Government will help through programmes like National Agricultural Advisory Services and cattle re-stocking.

Museveni, who is touring Lango sub-region to encourage the residents to embrace the Prosperity for All programme, assured them of peace and security.

“Now that there is peace, nobody will take it away because the army is strong unlike in the past. Settle down, nobody will disturb you again,” Museveni added.

The Lords Resistance Army (LRA) war commanded by Joseph Kony devastated northern and north-eastern Uganda for two decades forcing millions into internally displaced people’s camps.

In 2004, the LRA, believed to be under the command of Labongo, raided Barlonyo IDP camp and massacred over 300 civilians.

Museveni said Labongo, who commanded the Barlonyo atrocities, was killed in a battle with the UPDF in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Earlier, the President visited the farm of Richard Ogwal in Amoriboda village, Amach sub-county which generates sh20m yearly from citrus fruits, seedlings and cassava cuttings. He gave him sh3m.

The President, while addressing the residents at a rally at Amach Primary School, urged them to forget about war but embrace government re-development programmes to enable them renew their lives by fighting poverty.

While at Ogur, the President gave sh10m to Ogur Women’s Group to help them start income- generating activities. The association comprises former abductees and survivors .

Kony victims to be compensated

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