Wednesday May 14 2014

Leaders want ADF victims paid before endorsing Museveni


A section of NRM leaders in Kichwamba Sub-county in Kabarole District will endorse President Museveni as party’s sole presidential candidate for the 2016 general elections on condition that he compensates the victims and families of the 1998 Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel attacks.
The ADF rebels on June 8, 1998, torched the Uganda Technical College at Kichwamba in Burahya County before abducting more than 100 students and burning 80 others beyond recognition.

The decision by the leaders was reached at the weekend during an NRM local council leader’s conference organised by area MP Steven Kagwera at the Kichwamba Sub-county headquarters.

“We demand the NRM government to compensate the families of the victims for the loss of our daughters and sons if we are to support the President,” said Mr Fred Maiso, a senior NRM cadre, whose three sons were killed in the Kichwamba attack.

He said he had spent a lot of money educating his sons and demanded compensation from the government. Mr Maiso, however, commended the NRM leadership for abolishing sectarianism in the country that he said was the root cause of conflicts.

Appeal to MPs
Mr Ambrose Byaruhanga and Mr Augustine Kalenzi, also NRM cadres, urged MPs hailing from Tooro sub-region to table the issue of compensation before the President for immediate attention.

In response, Mr Kagwera agreed to mobilise his fellow MPs from Tooro to push the government for a special fund to compensate the ADF victims.
On the other hand, Mr Kagwera urged the victims to form groups so as to benefit from the Luweero-Rwenzori Development Fund which was set up by the government to help areas affected by war.

About the ADF rebel group
The ADF rebel group was in the 1990s made up of opposition forces which fought the government. The rebel group which operated in western Uganda near the Rwenzori Mountains, emerged as a localised threat in 1996 and inflicted substantial suffering on the population in the area.

They harassed government forces, murdered and kidnaped civilians in the north and west, but did do not, however, threaten the stability of the government.
They committed atrocities against the local civilian population, driving them from their homes and farms in the mountains into lowland towns.