Saturday, 22 June 2013
GOVERNMENT FACES LEGAL SUIT OVER COMPENSATION FOR KASESE AIDF VICTIMS
A group of people who lost their property when the Allied Democratic Forces rebels attacked Kasese town in 2001 are planning to sue the government for failure to compensate them.
The group of ten claimants led by Mr. George Mutabazi says president Museveni has on several occasions in Kasese pledge the government’s committeemen to compensate them.
Mr. George Mutabazi says that 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 11th, 2001 shortly after the general elections, the ADF rebels burnt 54 cars and a number of houses when they attacked Kasese town. They also killed 11 people.
President Yoweri 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 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 for the thanks giving function today. The function was postponed.
The Kasese Resident District Commissioner Mr. Milton Odongo says his office knows little about the compensation process but agrees to have met the group several times. END