In 2018, High Court in Soroti awarded each war victim five million shillings as compensation in addition to the property lost. Each lost cow was valued at 900,000, goat and sheep at 150,000 each and pig at 250,000 Shillings each for compensation.
Voters in the Teso region want candidates contesting for various elective positions to prioritize compensation for war victims.
Teso sub-region has suffered violence from rebel activities and
the Karimojong warriors where several people lost lives and property. Several
people especially from Amuria, Katakwi and Kaberamaido were forced into
Internally Displaced Camps during the insurgencies that lasted more than a
In 2018, the High Court in Soroti awarded each war victim five
million shillings as compensation in addition to the property lost. Each lost
cow was valued at 900,000 Shillings, goat and sheep at 150,000 Shillings each
and pig at 250,000 Shillings each for compensation.
This is after the Kasilo County MP, Elijah Okupa and a team of 2,020 survivors
who suffered violence in the hands of Karimojong cattle rustlers between 1994 and
2001 sued the government. In a landmark ruling delivered by Justice David
Batema, the government was ordered to compensate the affected families for the
lives and property lost as a result of cattle rustling and insurgency.
In September 2015, Julius Ocen, the then District Chairman for Amuria with a
team of about one million people also dragged government to court demanding
compensation of 546 Billion Shillings.
But the compensation has never been realized even after several pledges from the
According to Benson Ekuwe, the Executive Director of Public Affairs Center- PAC
Uganda and human rights defender, compensation of the Teso war victims is very
critical in this election. He explains that for a very long time, people in the
region have been let down by the government after failing to fulfill its
promises on compensation even when court-ordered so.
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Rev. Michael Okwii Esakan of Soroti Diocese says that compensation
of Iteso who lost lives and property is a priority and any leader who cares to
address issues affecting the region should be a priority.
Rev. Okwii notes that Teso has been taken for a ride for a long
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In 2010, Teso Sub Region through the Citizen Manifesto raised four
critical issues among which include the need for a shift in education policy by
compelling government to meet education costs for all learners in tertiary and
university levels. The views collected from more than 120,000 across the region
also highlighted the need for better health services across the country, the need
for fair politics and democracy, revamp in the economy and socio-political
development. However, several issues have remained in the paper.
So far, Patrick Oboi Amuriat, the FDC Presidential candidate and Robert
Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine of National Unity Platform have all pledged
to compensate the region if given mandate to lead the country.