World War II Veterans Demand for their Benefits

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More than 30 World War II veterans from Rakai, Sembabule and Masaka districts have stormed the Masaka district administration offices demanding to know why they haven't received benefits sent to them by the British Government.
The veterans, led by the 82-year-old Emmanuel Njaganya, claimed that the British government sent them money and basic material aid two years ago. They said they haven't yet received their packages.
The veterans complained that many of their colleagues have died without getting their benefits.
The Officer-in-Charge of Veterans in Masaka, Musa Ssentongo, confirmed that the British government sent consignments. He however said that government had not yet communicated the details of what was in the packages and when they will be disbursed.
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During World War II the British colonial administration recruited more than 77,000 Ugandans to serve in infantry units, field artillery batteries and auxiliary battalion.
The Ugandan troops served in Madagascar, Burma, Ethiopia, Mauritius and Kenya.