Rwanda War Victims Want Compensation Before Elections

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In short
The victims of the Rwanda Liberation war in Kabale are demanding for more than two billion shillings in compensation from government for the loss of property. They want their matter addressed by President Yoweri Museveni before the 2016 elections.

Victims of the Rwanda Liberation war in Kabale want the National Resistance Movement party presidential candidate Yoweri Museveni to address their issues before 2016 elections.

The victims are from the sub-counties of Maziba, Buhara , Rubaya and Kamwezi sub-counties.
They claim that despite losing property worth millions of shillings, President Yoweri Museveni has repeatedly promised to compensate them but in vain. The property was reportedly used by Ugandan soldiers between 1991 and 1994.
Obed Tumubweine, the chairperson of the victims association says that the locals are now tired of the continuous promises which are never fulfilled.

He says that they have on several occasions forwarded their concerns to the office of the president through East African Affairs State Minister, Shem Bageine who has been promising to help them but in vain.
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Gerevazio Ngabirano, a resident of Karweru parish of Maziba sub-county says he lost a house and seven cows during the war.

He says that the silence of the Ugandan government on the matter has been a clear signal that they are not serious.

He says that this time round, the president must address their concerns before the 2016 elections.

Laborday Ubaldo, the Maziba sub-county LC 5 Councillor told Uganda Radio Network that the delayed compensation of locals affected by the war may affect the performance of the NRM party in the area.

Kabale Resident District Commissioner, Darius Nandinda says that these concerns are being attended to but did not specify how soon the claimants would be compensated.

Minister Bageine told Uganda Radio Network that the concerns of the locals are genuine and have been forwarded to the Office of the President.
Bagaine says that some politicians are trying to take advantage of the situation to incite the locals against the NRM candidate.

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On the 16th of June, 2015 while at Maziba sub-county headquarters, President Museveni promised that his office would immediately start the verification exercise of those who lost property and others who lost relatives or got permanent disability to be compensated, but this has not kicked off.

With presidential candidate Yoweri Museveni expected in Kabale District at the beginning of 2016, the claimants want this addressed. 


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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.