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Rwenzururu Veterans Demand Settlement Package

The ex-combatants of the Rwenzururu Movement are former soldiers of the movement who participated in the armed struggle against the Tooro Administration from 1962 until 1982 when Rwenzururu Leader Charles Wesley signed a peace accord with government.

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Rwenzururu ex-combatants have appealed to government for settlement and more support to enable them lead decent lives.

The ex-combatants of the Rwenzururu Movement are former soldiers of the movement who participated in the armed struggle against the Tooro Administration from 1962 until 1982 when Rwenzururu Leader Charles Wesley signed a peace accord with government.

Former Rwenzururu Kingdom prime minister Noah Nzaghale, while presenting a report on behalf of the ex-combatants to Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala, the Minister of State for Works said that most of the ex-combatants’ land was grabbed by government while gazetting Rwenzori Mountains National Park.

According to Nzaghale, there are more than 500 landless veterans and the only way to salvage them is to give them pieces of land to enable them take care of their families.

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Nzaghale, argues that most families of the ex-combatants are too poor to meet the essential needs including taking their children to schools at different levels.

Gen. Katumba Wamala disclosed that his visit is part of the process to address the various challenges that the veterans are going through.

However, he advised that it would be very paramount important if all the Ex-Combatants form groups to ease the process of getting the support.

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He also challenges them to embrace Operation Wealth Creation-OWC through forming groups to fight poverty and increase their livelihoods and desist from rumours.

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Kasese Municipality Mayor, Godfrey Baluku Kabyanga argued that there is need to ring-fence some of the funds in the various government projects to the ex-combatants.

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But Maate Magwara, a member of Busongora Development Forum, says unless all efforts are geared towards fostering peace in the region, efforts to development could turn to waste.

Magwara implored Wamala to request government to grant freedom to Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere and his loyalists who are detained in Kirinya Government Prison.

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