Acholi War Debt Claimants Lose Petition

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Gulu High Court today dismissed a petition brought by the former Executives Members of the Acholi War Debt Claimants Association who are demanding that the new office bearers be thrown out of office.

Gulu High court has dismissed a petition filed by the former executive members of Acholi War Debt Claimants Association challenging their eviction from office. In 2010, the former executive committee that was chaired by Norbert Adyera was sacked from office for alleged corruption. Adyera and 16 members of his executive petitioned high court claiming that they were illegally dismissed from office.

They asked court to reinstate them into office and disband the new executive committee that was appointed to replace them. But Justice Remmy Kasule, who heard the case, upheld the election of the new executive committee members forcing the embattled officials to file a fresh petition. This afternoon, Justice Wilson Musalu Musene dismissed the petition saying the election of the new executive committee was lawful.

Delivering his ruling, Justice Musene said the applicants are fully subscribed members of the Association adding that their bid to retain leadership position in the association after losing elections is not genuine. He therefore dismissed the petition and ordered the parties to share the cost of the suite. Nyeko Palinus, former Secretary and Opwonya Ayubi, one of petitioners refused to comment on the ruling saying that they need to review the judgment with their lawyers to decide their next course action.

But engineer Noah Opwonya, the incumbent chairperson of the Acholi War Debt Claimants Association who was visibly happy said he was overwhelmed by the ruling. The claimants are demanding shillings 1.4 trillion in compensation from government for over 400,000 heads of cattle lost during 1986 by the then NRA liberation war.