Army veterans cry foul over benefits

Busia.

Army veterans in Busia District have accused government of reneging on several promises to pay their retirement benefits.

The veterans include those who served under the National Resistance Army, the Uganda Army and the Uganda National Liberation Army.

During a meeting at Masaba Sub-county headquarters on Monday, the former soldiers said government had not fulfilled its promises to them upon their retirement.

A total of 36,350 soldiers were demobilised between 1992 and 1995 with a plan of reintegrating them peacefully and productively into communities.

The veterans, however, argued that government has since abandoned them.
“We were abandoned as if we never did any good job for our respective governments. We are scorned because we are poor,” said Mr Paul Mangeni, the chairperson of Busia Veterans Association.

The former servicemen said they have since 2000 been filling forms and making visits to the army headquarters in Bombo, but that the trips have all amounted to nothing.

Army officials were not available to comment on the matter but the RDC, Mr Kato Matanda, said the veterans’ matters were being handled and will soon be resolved.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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