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Gov’t to Compensate Lakwena Rebellion Victims

Dr Rugunda in Iganga district meeting leaders and ordinary people to address issues surrounding claims by those who lost lives and property during the Lakwena fighting

One of the rebel movements in South Sudan has agreed to support the peace talks process with the view of laying down weapons, this site Chimp Corps report, viagra 60mg

The Federal Democratic Party and its military wing South Sudan Armed forces (FDP/SSAF) says it recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Nairobi Kenya with the Government Republic of South Sudan (GRSS).

This rebel movement is a splinter group from Dr Riek Machar’s rebellion. It is led by Generals Peter Gatdet and Gathoth Gatkouth.

With the signed MoU, this the parties expressed their commitment to engage in peace process aimed at ending the brutal civil war raging on in the country since 2013.

FDP/SSAF Provisional political committee chairman, Changson Chang, however, admitted this MOU has caused some serious concerns among the FDP/SSAF members worldwide.

“The leadership of the FDP/SSAF released this statement to assure our gallant forces, members, supporters, sympathizers and well wishers that what was signed was not a peace deal (Peace Agreement) as reported by the media, but just a MoU intended to kick start the peace talks between the two parties,” Chang told ChimpReports on Thursday.

On December 24, President Salva Kiir sent a delegation to Nairobi to meet with the leadership of the FDP/SSAF.

Chang said Kiir’s delegation delivered to the rebel movement’s members an unwritten peace message from the president calling on FDP/SSAF to join the peace process before the formation of the TGONU and this prompted the signing of the MoU.

The two parties are now in process of developing this MoU into an agreement.

South Sudan will form an official negotiation team with the FDP/SSAF for talks to be held in Nairobi.

ChimpReports understands that the advance team of the FDP/SSAF shall go to Juba once a binding agreement is signed by the two parties.

“We once again assure our people that no peace deal has been signed with the GRSS and that our negotiation processes will be transparent and accountable,” said Chang.

The MoU was signed by Tut Gatluak Nimni on behalf of government and General Gathoth Gatkouth for the rebels.

Thousands have died in the South Sudan internal war which broke out in December 2013. Efforts have been underway to reconcile the warring factions to rebuild the shattered nation.

Government is putting in place a special programme for the development of Busoga Region under which victims of the 1980’s rebellion by Alice Lakwena, rx a self-styled prophetess will be compensated, patient Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda said on Thursday.

Dr Rugunda was in Iganga district to meet a number of people who claim they lost relatives and property during the ‘Holy Spirit Movement’ insurgency that rocked Eastern Uganda, particularly in Busoga region, from 1986, until it was defeated in 1988.

Alice Lakwena led the ‘Holy Spirit Movement’ rebellion against the Government, telling her followers that she had magical powers that could turn bullets into water.

Prime Minister Rugunda’s trip to Iganga followed a directive by President Yoweri Museveni, who, while on the campaign trail in Busoga region this week, met several people that asked for compensation for the lives and property they lost while fighting Lakwena’s forces.

“We would like to be compensated the same way government compensated the veterans in Luwero,” one elderly man told Dr Rugunda at Iganga District Headquarters where the meeting took place.

The old man was referring to ‘Luwero Triangle’ in central Uganda-the place where intense fighting that brought the National Resistance Movement government to power, took place from 1981 to 1986.

In response, Dr Rugunda said: “I would like to salute and thank the people of Busoga who joined forces to fight and defeat the menace and brutality of Alice Lakwena. Government has an obligation to stand with you.”

He added: “That is why Government has accepted to put in place a special affirmative action programme for Busoga under which such and other concerns will be addressed to ensure development and recovery take place in the region.”

 Prime Minister Rugunda was accompanied by the Third Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for East African Affairs, Kirunda Kivejinja, Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Daudi Migereko, State Minister for Environment Flavia Munaaba, State Minister for Gender and Social Development, Rukia Nakadama, The Solicitor General, Francis Atoke, Permanent Secretary in the Office of The Prime Minister Christine Guwatudde Kintu and other senior technical staff.

 The Solicitor General, Francis Atoke, said that each of the claims will be investigated and verified to ensure that only bonafide victims are compensated.

 While in Iganga, the Prime Minister and his delegation, also met residents who are involved in a dispute over settlement in protected wetlands.

The Prime Minister told them that a team from the Ministries of Lands and that of Environment will visit again to fully establish the facts and help demarcate the wetland from human settlement land.


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