Hoima Veterans' Associations Disagree On Merger

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Groups of veterans in Hoima district have failed to merge into one association as directed by Luweero triangle minister, Rosemary Namayanja.

Veterans groups in Hoima district have failed to merge, defying a directive by the Luweero triangle minister, Rosemary Namayanja.

Namayanja recently directed Hoima Civilian War Veterans Association, Kabamanzi War Veterans Association and Kulimakuruungi Luweero Triangle War Veterans Association, to merge to ease ways of getting government support.

But during a meeting on Wednesday, the veterans disagreed over several issues and at the height of it all,  members of Kulimakuruungi Luweero triangle farmers association stormed out of the meeting.

Led by Joseph Karugaba Apuuli, the Chairman Kulimakuruungi Association, the members stormed out of the meeting protesting the manner in which the proposal for the merger was presented. Karugaba said Hoima Civilian War Veterans Association has stood a test of time and the merger could shadow the association.

Kulimakurungi was formed in 1989 with 185 members whereas Hoima civilian War veterans’ Association was formed two years ago.

The new Association however boasts of over 2,000 members and well built structures at all levels

But Karugaba insists Kulimakurungi is a limited company that cannot be swallowed by any association as proposed.

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The disagreement sparked off anger among the veterans and brought the meeting to a halt before Karugaba and his group walked out.

But Smarts Byakagaba, the secretary general Hoima Civilian War Veterans’ Association refers to Karugaba and his group as self-seekers who cannot derail their plans for merger.

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He says veterans in the district have lagged behind simply because they are not under one umbrella to speak with one voice.

Byakagaba says the merger is vital for them with or without Karugaba’s group.

The meeting continued with Kabamanzi joining Hoima Civilian War Veterans Association. A new executive was also elected for the new Hoima Civilian War Veterans Association.

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