Army Veterans 19 Year Wait for Iron Sheets Continues

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1,266 iron sheets that were donated to army veterans 19 years ago are rusting in government stores in Gulu. The iron sheets were meant to be given to soldiers who were retrenched in 1993 but have never been distributed.

1,266 iron sheets that were donated to army veterans 19 years ago are rusting in government stores in Gulu.

The iron sheets were meant to be given to soldiers who were retrenched in 1993 but have never been distributed.

Patrick Omara Ongom, the Chairperson Gulu Veterans Association, claims they could not distribute the iron sheets because of the insurgency that was prevailing in northern Uganda.

Omara explains the insurgency made it hard for the veterans association to trace the beneficiaries.

Omara says the rusty iron sheets may now not be fit for construction.

Omara suggests that if they are found to be in good condition, they could be used to roof a multi-million shillings hostel that the association intends to construct near Gulu University.

Proceeds from the hostel, which is to be constructed using 200 million shillings donation from President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, will be used to help the families of 3,000 army veterans from Gulu.

But some of the veterans are not happy with the decision taken by Gulu veterans board to use the iron sheets for roofing the hostel.

Thomas Opwonya, a representative of army veterans from Laroo division in Gulu, says the iron sheets should be distributed to the beneficiaries as earlier planned.

Opwonya says most of the veterans are in need of shelter and using the iron sheets to roof the hostel will deprive them of the chance to own a home.

Gulu district Resident District Commissioner (RDC) James Kidega Nock advised the association leaders to consider the interest of the members to avoid conflicts in the future.