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Bunyangabu Civilian Veterans Demand Tractors from Gov’t

The tractors were their major sources of income since they would be hired to farmers to use them in ploughing their fields. The veterans would charge 70,000 shillings for each hectare ploughed, and would at least save 200, 000 shillings daily. However, the tractors are grounded and efforts to have them repaired have been futile.

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Civilian War Veterans in Bunyangabu District want the government to provide them with new tractors for income generating activities.

According to the veterans’ chairman, Fenehansi Bwambale, the government gave them two tractors about 10 years ago as a token of appreciation for their contribution to the bush war that brought the NRM government into power. 

The tractors were their major sources of income since they would be hired to farmers to use them in ploughing their fields. The veterans would charge 70,000 shillings for each hectare ploughed, and would at least save 200, 000 shillings daily.

However, the tractors are grounded and efforts to have them repaired have been futile.  

He says that in 2016 the tractors were taken for repair at Akamba Uganda Limited in Kampala one of the tractors was poorly repaired and broke down the moment it was returned.  

Bwambale adds that the second tractor has since been withheld over failure to clear repair costs amounting to about 70 million shillings.  

He notes that the lack of income generating activities has affected the completion of their regional offices in Bunyangabu.

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Last year the veterans demanded compensation of 5 million shillings each for their contribution to the National Resistance Army-NRA liberation struggle.

Records from the veteran's office show that there are 6,800 Civilian Veterans in Bunyangabu district.

However, only 4,500 veterans have been compensated 5 million shillings each since 2006 leaving a balance of 2,300.