On 6th February, 2015, Court in Gulu ordered the executive to hold a fresh verification exercise and account for the already disbursed funds in order to avoid double payment. It also directed that whatever amount of compensation agreed upon, should be paid to claimants directly through their bank accounts.
The claimant's dragged government to court challenging the price tag placed upon each cattle under their compensation deal with government and were demanding that court sets the reward at shs 1.2 per cattle. In an earlier out of court settlement, the group had agreed a price tag of shs 650, 000 per cattle, but later stated that the money was too low considering the high market price of the animals.
The war claimants say they lost property and livestock valued in billions of shillings stolen by officers of the National Resistance Army between 1986 and 1989. With a suggested increment in value, the compensation bill would shoot to shs 100 billion from an initial settlement of shs 35billion that the group was demanding.
Todate, government has released shs 7.1 billion to cover the cost of compensation. However, it has been reported that the funds were swindled by a few individuals within the group, while the purported victims are given less than shs 200,000 as their share.
As a result of the corruption allegations many Acholi leaders opted to stop the compensation exercise forcing the leadership of the association to run to court.
But on 6th February, 2015, Court in Gulu ordered the executive to hold a fresh verification exercise and account for the already disbursed funds in order to avoid double payment. It also directed that whatever amount of compensation agreed upon, should be paid to claimants directly through their bank accounts.
However, George Pius Opio, the Publicity Secretary Acholi War Debt Claimants Association says the ruling failed to determine and confirm the value of livestock, interest and general damages involved. He adds that the Court equally refused to confirm the verification report and the number of claimants.
Opio adds that they cannot surrender to government the authority to send payments directly to the beneficiaries' bank accounts on ground that many of their members may not have the capacity to consistently follow up the matter with government.
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The association is further appealing against the involvement of both local Government leaders and political leaders in the association business and also emphasized that the association executive already accounted for monies received to the Government.
Justice Minister, Kahinda Otafiire recently ordered for an investigation and forensic audit into Acholi War Debt Claimants following numerous complaints from Acholi leaders and war claimants.