“The Commission provided reintegration assistance to 338 reporters who were waiting for reinsertion support in communities. Six of them from DRC, 40 from Kiryandongo, 112 from Gulu, 29 from Kasese, 126 from Kitgum and 25 from the Central region” the report states in part.
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The Amnesty Commission
has demobilized 164 reporters from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) and the
Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) over the last one year.
The Commission says it demobilized most of the reporters from
the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where it also made contact with ADF fighters
to convince them to abandon rebellion against the government of Uganda.
According to the 2019
Justice Law and Order Sector Report, those demobilized were issued Amnesty
Certificates, rehabilitated and reintegrated into communities.
The report says 126 of the reporters were LRA combatants while
38 were ADF. In terms of demographics, 111 were males and 53 females.
provided reintegration assistance to 338 reporters who were waiting for
reinsertion support in communities. Six
of them from DRC, 40 from Kiryandongo, 112 from Gulu, 29 from Kasese, 126 from
Kitgum and 25 from the Central region” the report states in part.
Some 15 others were reunited with their families with one
each going to Bulambuli, Mbale, Kapchorwa and Nagogye in Kayunga districts
respectively while another batch of three each went to Gulu and Kasese
The Northern district
of Pader received five reporters. According to the report released
on Wednesday, the reporters were issued with reintegration start up packages,
which included cash, seedlings, mattresses and household items.
It says 119 reporters
living with severe trauma were counseled while 178 were linked to the Operation
Wealth Creation Programme (OWC) for support.
Some 3,157 reporters in
Gulu, Kitgum, Arua, Pakwach, Koboko, Maracha, Kasese, Ntoroko, Mbale and Bugiri
who had resettled into their communities received livelihood and reintegration
survival trainings in environmental management, tree planting and agriculture.
“The Amnesty Commission conducted eight reconciliation
dialogues for reunifications of reporters and communities in eight districts
affected by conflicts and solved 60 percent of land issues between reporters
and communities” the report states.
It says the Amnesty Commission is undertaking an evaluation
study to fully understand impacts of reintegration programmes on reporters who
have abandoned rebellion against the government.
Since independence, Uganda has suffered 125 various conflicts
whose ripple effects continue to span the country with remnants of the Allied
Democratic Forces (ADF) and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) sill active in the
Democratic Republic of Congo.