BUKITAREPA TO PETITION PARLIAMENT OVER BRITISH COMPENSATION
By Yosam Gucwaki
Bunyoro Kitara Reparations Agency (BUKITAREPA) has finalized plans to petition the parliament of Uganda to investigate on how the 700 million pounds which was given to the Banyoro by the Queen of England was used.
Ayena Odongo; the lawyer for BUKITAREPA said that, during the colonial time the British many people in Bunyoro were killed while others lost their property including domestic animals something which forced the Banyoro to drag the Queen of England to
the courts of law.
Ayena added that they first tried the high court of Uganda but they were overruled by saying that the Queen of England could not be charged in the municipal court of Uganda which forced them to file a case in courts of law in Britain.
He added that when they were processing the case, the British government through Ugandan government agreed to pay compensation worth 700 million pounds in a period of five years, noting that this was done in 2007.
Speaking to BUKITAREPA members during the weekend at Rukurato hall in Hoima town, the chief coordinator, Bunyoro Kitara Reparations Agency, Doviko Batwale, noted that their lawyer has already started drafting the petition which will task the parliament to investigate circumstances surrounding the 700 million pounds that was meant for the Banyoro .
Batwale who did not indicate when they intend to deliver their
petition to the speaker of parliament explained that they have got
information that the money was diverted to construction of roads and yet the Uganda National Roads Authority has a full-fledged budget to construct roads.
He noted that they need whoever is concerned to come out clearly and
explain citing Matia Kasaija the Minister for finance.
Ayena added that they have on many occasions seen the president of
Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, admitting that the money came but to
their dismay Banyoro have never got the money.
He added that apart from asking the parliament of Uganda and the
auditor general to find out how the money was used, they have gone to
Britain to tell them that their case is still on.
SOURCE: www.mknewslink.com, a greater western Uganda news website.