Oulanyah irked by delayed compensation of Lango war victims

In 2009, the Lango War Debt Claimant’s Association dragged the government to the High court demanding compensation for the livestock they lost during insurgencies in the region.

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Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanya

The delayed government compensation of Lango war victims has irked the speaker of parliament, Jacob Oulanyah.

The speaker, who doubles as the NRM National Vice Chairperson for Northern Region, expressed his disappointment while meeting members of the NRM League for Lango sub-region at Gracious Palace Hotel in Lira City Wednesday.

In 2009, the Lango War Debt Claimant’s Association dragged the government to the High court demanding compensation for the livestock they lost during insurgencies in the region.

The high court ordered the government to pay the claimants Shillings 2.9 trillion.

So far, the government has only paid out Shillings 20 billion.

This has not gone down well with Oulanyah. While addressing the NRM leaders, he blamed the delays on the office of the Attorney General, which he accused of coming up with unnecessary bureaucracies.

Oulanyah disclosed that he has petitioned the President despite the fact that he took the decision long ago to compensate the claimants.

“I had a meeting with the president on this. He asked me to write and I wrote and I checked that he had received the letter so he will call a meeting. The Attorney General’s office is complicating this thing but we’ll straighten it out,” he said.

Oulanyah wondered why year in, year out the matter of livestock compensation has been a big issue in Northern Region.

Linda Agnes Auma, the Lira District Woman MP who has been at the forefront of the compensation battle in Lango equally expressed disappointment of the bureaucracies in the office of the Attorney General.

During the meeting, the members accused the party of using and abandoning them, especially after the past two elections.

In a petition read by Daniel Okello, the NRM Youth Kole District, NRM youth chairperson, Lango youth mobilizers asked President Museveni to employ their members and support the various enterprises they are engaged in.

Similarly, the NRM Women League also complained that the NRM party has abandoned them.

They claimed that they have tried in vain to benefit from the various government programs meant for women gender and accordingly want the party leadership to intervene such that they can also benefit.

Their petition was presented by Zena Opolot, a member of the Women League.

NRM MPs from Lango, NRM district Chairperson, RDCs, NRM Publicity Secretaries, District Administrative Secretaries, NRM District youth, and Women League Chairpersons among others attended the meeting.

According to Oulanyah, the meeting was intended to re-energize NRM party structures, share experiences and challenges on how to grow the party, and implement the NRM manifesto for 2021-2026.

The delayed government compensation of Lango war victims has irked the speaker of parliament, Jacob Oulanyah.

The speaker, who doubles as the NRM National Vice Chairperson for Northern Region, expressed his disappointment while meeting members of the NRM League for Lango sub-region at Gracious Palace Hotel in Lira City Wednesday.

In 2009, the Lango War Debt Claimant’s Association dragged the government to the High court demanding compensation for the livestock they lost during insurgencies in the region.

The high court ordered the government to pay the claimants Shillings 2.9 trillion.

So far, the government has only paid out Shillings 20 billion.

This has not gone down well with Oulanyah. While addressing the NRM leaders, he blamed the delays on the office of the Attorney General, which he accused of coming up with unnecessary bureaucracies.

Oulanyah disclosed that he has petitioned the President despite the fact that he took the decision long ago to compensate the claimants.

“I had a meeting with the president on this. He asked me to write and I wrote and I checked that he had received the letter so he will call a meeting. The Attorney General’s office is complicating this thing but we’ll straighten it out,” he said.

Oulanyah wondered why year in, year out the matter of livestock compensation has been a big issue in Northern Region.

Linda Agnes Auma, the Lira District Woman MP who has been at the forefront of the compensation battle in Lango equally expressed disappointment of the bureaucracies in the office of the Attorney General.

During the meeting, the members accused the party of using and abandoning them, especially after the past two elections.

In a petition read by Daniel Okello, the NRM Youth Kole District, NRM youth chairperson, Lango youth mobilizers asked President Museveni to employ their members and support the various enterprises they are engaged in.

Similarly, the NRM Women League also complained that the NRM party has abandoned them.

They claimed that they have tried in vain to benefit from the various government programs meant for women gender and accordingly want the party leadership to intervene such that they can also benefit.

Their petition was presented by Zena Opolot, a member of the Women League.

NRM MPs from Lango, NRM district Chairperson, RDCs, NRM Publicity Secretaries, District Administrative Secretaries, NRM District youth, and Women League Chairpersons among others attended the meeting.

According to Oulanyah, the meeting was intended to re-energize NRM party structures, share experiences and challenges on how to grow the party, and implement the NRM manifesto for 2021-2026.

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