By Emmanuel Okwii
The minister of state for Teso affair, Hon. Christine Amongin Aporu has said that government is not in position to compensate all those who lost cattle during the 1986-1992 insurgencies in Teso, a matter that has sparked intense debate in the region.
Although the government had recently shown its willingness to compensate the victims of cattle rustling by the Karimojong, the Iteso have began wondering why their own wouldn’t support such a move.
While speaking to the press recently, Hon. Patrick Amuriat Oboi, the Kumi county MP said that the minister was confusing the Iteso.
“She is confusing us. Instead of supporting what the government has agreed upon, she is instead guiding the state on a strategy to restock as opposed to compensation,” Mr Amuriat said
Mr Amuriat also said that the government had been very keen on issues that matter to other tribal tenets in the country but had totally ignored Teso issues. He expressed surprise as to why a naitive of Teso would betray a course that the government was supporting.
However, in her response, Ms Amongin said that the restocking agenda had already been adopted by the government.
“The government may not be in a position to compensate because of the financial implications. To make matters worse, the numbers of animals lost in the insurgency are remarkably many,” Ms Amongin said
Teso cultural and political leaders last year dragged the government to court demanding for compensation of animals lost in the 1986-1992 Teso insurgency and cattle rustling. However, this course has been marred by infighting between the youth leaders and elders over who should be given the highest proportion of the compensation in case delivered. The Iteso also want the government to take responsibility of the loss and compensate accordingly.