Civillian Veterans Turned Away at Verification Exercise

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The Ministry of Defense and Veteran Affairs on Monday started a national wide exercise of verifying and updating files of all veterans to facilitate payment of their gratuity and pension benefits.

 A section of civilian veterans who supported the National Resistance Army-NRA guerrilla war in Masaka district have been turned away from the on-going army veterans verification exercise.

The Ministry of Defense and Veteran Affairs on Monday started a national wide exercise of verifying and updating files of all veterans to facilitate payment of their gratuity and pension benefits.

In Masaka, the exercise is being conducted at the district headquarters led by Lieutenant Colonel Samuel Ssekamwa.




Some of the people that turned for the on-going verification exercise on Thursday were told that they are not part of the beneficiaries.


Paul Ziriddamu and Betty Nakanwagi both residents of Kyakatuuma village in Bukomansimbi district turned up claiming to have supported the NRA bush war through provision of food, money and shelter. 



Ssekamwa says that they are only verifying ex-combatants with army discharge forms.


He says that the categories of beneficiaries are; survivor veterans that include those in retirement, beneficiaries of deceased militants who died while in active services, those qualify for ex-gratia; those that served in former armies.

He advised those that supported the NRA bush war to wait for government to respond to their claims.


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