Construction of Army Veteran's Hostel Stalls

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President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni last year gave two hundred million shillings to army veterans in Gulu to construct a hostel.

The construction of a hostel donated by President Yoweri Museveni to army veterans in Gulu has failed to kick off. In 2011, Museveni donated 200 million shillings to army veterans in Gulu to construct a hostel close to Gulu University as an income generating project. But about a year after receiving the money, work is yet to begin at the proposed construction site of the hostel.

The delay is causing tension amongst the army veterans, who had hoped that the project would turn around their economic fortunes. Retired Lieutenant Peter Ochan an army veteran says they had hoped the money generated by the hostel was going to improve their welfare. He explains that a majority of army veterans are living in poverty.

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Ochan says the army veterans in Acholi were not properly resettled by government because of the insurgency that affected the region. He says that most veterans sold off the iron sheets they were given by government as they could not reach their home villages.

Efforts to get a comment from officials of Gulu Veterans Association by the time of filing this story were futile as none of the officials could be reached on phone. Chris Owor Odoi, the Gulu Resident District Commissioner says he too does not understand why the construction of the hostel has failed to start. Owor explains that the only thing he has seen so far is the plan for the hostel.

He blames Gulu Veterans Association for being too slow in implementing the project since the money was released about a year ago.