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The government has released Shs150b to compensate livestock that was lost during various insurgents that ravaged Acholi, Lango and Teso sub-regions over the years.

The Attorney General, Kiroywa Kiwanuka who was in company of his Deputy, Jackson Kafuuzi, made the revelation that the money will be paid out to claimants in this financial year while meeting with the Deputy Speaker, Anita Among and a host of other lawmakers from the affected areas.

The September 14, 2021, meeting held at Parliament was intended to discuss the progress of the livestock verification exercise and modalities of payment for the claimants.

Kiryowa said that the exercise has been going on for a long time and there had always been an attempt to complete the whole exercise at once and then start paying, but this had delayed the process.

Noting that the Government so far has a list of 92,652 undisputed claimants, Kiryowa said that, “let us start with the ones we have as we continue the verification exercise.”

Of the aforementioned figure, he said that 16,946 were from Acholi, 42,042 from Lango and 33,664 from Teso.

Kiryowa informed the members that effective September 14, 2021, data cards would go out to the regions and would be handled by district officials, utilising the district structures and the Government lists, which will be made available to MPs for effective follow up.

He called upon the members to cooperate with the Government for the smooth implementation of the activity and liaise with his office in case there were any individuals left out.

“It will be extremely unfortunate if we have to return some of this money at the end of the 2021/2022 financial year,” he added.

Among, who flagged off the legislators from Teso, Acholi and Lango to follow up on the reconciliation and verification exercise for livestock compensation, warned district and local leaders to desist from fixing ghost names on the list of beneficiaries.

She tasked the MPs to ensure that the lists of claimants generated by the Government and those issued by courts of law are uniform to easily verify how to pay the concerned parties.

The MP Bardege-Layibi Division, Gulu city, Martin Ojara Mapenduzi demanded to know the clear quotation of the amount to be paid for each animal.

He added that the claimants from Acholi constituted a committee to help in the verification exercise and urged the Attorney General’s team to liaise with the committee to effectively conclude the region’s verification.

MP Otuke County Paul Omara, urged the Attorney General to consider a flat payment so that all the verified beneficiaries in the specified regions receive equal pay.

MP Kole District Hon. Judith Alyek Odongo demanded to know how the Government generated the list of the 92,652 claimants as well as the criteria to be used by the Attorney General’s office to distribute the money.