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500 Arrow Boys to Demonstrate :: Uganda Radionetwork

500 Arrow Boys to Demonstrate

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More than 500 former arrow boys are threatening to stage a peaceful demonstration protesting against government's failure to pay their packages.
Last year, Government released more than one billion shillings to pay arrow deserters and to compensate families of arrow boys who died while fighting alongside Uganda Peoples Defense Forces to flush out LRA rebels who had invaded Teso in 2003.
But Julius Amakan, the chairman of the demobilized arrow boys says that the majority of the demobilized militia boys have not been compensated to date. He says that only 12 out of the 780 demobilized arrow boys have been fully compensated.
Amakan accused Col Dick Olum the officer in charge of the payrolls of sabotaging the compensation process.
In November last year, the authorities in Soroti district expressed concern about the anomalies that fraught the payment of the demobilized arrow boy militias.
A payment list bearing fake names was unearthed; a week after more than 400 members of the defunct arrow boy's militia group stormed the Soroti resident district commissioner's office demanding for their pay.
The group claimed that their names were omitted from the list of former fighters who are currently receiving their terminal benefits.
The group says that they have resolved to stage massive protests for as long as it takes the authorities to compensate them.

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