By Mirembe Martina
The government of Uganda has been called onto to take care of the victims of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) war.
The International Center for Transitional Justice has made the calls in its new report which is yet to be released saying despite the fact that the victims were injured by the war, the government has an obligation to its people to take care of them and try to restore their livelihoods.
The comments were made as reports circulated that the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) was misusing and misappropriating aid funds given to the country. According to Reuben Kolaza of ICTJ, those injured in the way have to be helped by government although they were injured and hurt by the rebels.
A total of sh215b was allegedly misused by the OPM by being banked into personal accounts of several government officials ranging from the Prime Minister himself, Amama Mbabazi, the First Lady, Janet Museveni and other officials in the OPM. At the moment, parliament has halted the investigation into the misuse of funds until the court proceedings are concluded.
The halting of the investigations was met with a lot of mixed reactions from parliament with many saying the Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga had acted under pressure. However, Ms. Kadaga said the investigations will be resumed immediately after the court proceedings.