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Former ADF Rebels Receive Resettlement Package

The items include saucepans, mattresses, plates, two hoes each, cups, maize and bean seeds for plating, among other items. They were each also given 263,000 shillings.
18 May 2019 09:36
Former rebels who were granted Amnesty were given beddings, utensils and 263,000 shillings cash to help them resettle in their homses

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11 former Allied Democratic Forces – ADF rebels have received resettlement package from the Amnesty Commission.

The items include saucepans, mattresses, plates, two hoes each, cups, maize and bean seeds for plating, among other items. They were each also given 263,000 shillings.    

The beneficiaries are from the districts of Bundibugyo, Kagadi, Ntoroko and Kabarole.   

During an event held at Lilly’s Paradise in Fort Portal town on Friday, Thomas Kisembo, the commissioner Amnesty Commission in-charge Rwenzori sub-region noted that the items and money are meant to help the former rebels recover economically and socially.    

Kisembo said that the commission is still looking for any person or group of people who could have returned from any rebel group and want to be granted amnesty.

He explained that with the certificates, the returnees can be helped with resettlement items, money, and be enrolled on a number of programmes.

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Cue out… other than rebellion.”//    

Joseph Mugumbe, appreciated the items and money. He recalled that he was abducted in 2009 while coming from Itojo Primary School in Ntoroko district, and taken to Congo.

He says that while in Congo, he was mistreated and starved by senior ADF rebels until Uganda People’s Defence Forces attacked the rebels in 2011 at Lamia and managed to escape back to Uganda.   

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Cue out… life eri kurungi.”//  

Ahaisibwe Odirah from Kagadi narrated that she was abducted in 2000 to join ADF.

However, she also says that she was able to escape in 2001.

Since the enactment of the Amnesty Act in 2000, the commission has given Amnesty certificates to 28,000 former rebels.

Kisembo notes that they up to date receive new people who want to be granted amnesty.

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