ADF Victims To Sue Govt Over Compensation

A group of people who lost their property when the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels attacked Kasese town in 2001 are planning to sue the government for failure to compensate them.

The group of ten claimants led by George Mutabazi says President Yoweri Museveni has on several occasions in Kasese pledged the government’s commitment to compensate them.

Mutabazi says there were over fifty people who lost property that include cars and houses in the attack but others have been compensated except the ten despite all submitting their bank accounts to the government.

On March 11, 2001 shortly after the general elections, suspected ADF rebels attacked Kasese town and killed at least 11 people. They also burnt 54 cars and a number of houses.

President Museveni is quoted to have promised compensation for all who lost property when he toured the town a day after the attack, a promise he repeated almost 10 years later during the national celebrations for International Labour Day on May 1, 2010.

The group has written to the Solicitor General seeking an explanation about the criteria of executing selective compensation of the victims before a legal suit is filed.

They had planned to petition President Museveni had he come to Kasese on Sunday for the thanks giving function for Major General Wilson Mbadi, the Joint Chief of Staff. The function was postponed to August.

The Kasese Resident District Commissioner Milton Odongo says his office knows little about the compensation process but agrees to have met the group several times.

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