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Rights abuse victims die before being compensated

28 October 2014, 20:57 Godrey Olukya

Nairobi - The chairman Uganda human rights commission, Medie Sozi Kagwa has decried against government's failure to compensate human rights abuse victims.

Kagwa said that a good number of human rights abuse victims who win cases against against the government and are awarded  compensations,die without getting the money.

While speaking at the opening of a media workshop on human rights in Kampala,where practitioners have been sensitized on human rights work,he said that  many victims of human rights violations who win cases filed to the commission have died without receiving their packages as a result of government delaying to remit their compensation packages .

''We are not happy about that. As a commission we feel sad when human rights abuse victims are not compensated .''

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He said that its upon that note that the commission now asks government to quickly remit the money meant to pay compensation for victims who have won cases.

Most of the victims of human rights abuse have wounds or broken parts of their bodies which came as a result of being tortured mostly by police or army men.A few victims are also tortured by Uganda prisons warders or Internal security organization officers. 

However,an official in the ministry of finance Jacob Ekanya said that  each year there is some money budgeted for compensation but it is not enough to pay all the claimants.

Ekanya said,''The total amount of money for all those claiming for compensation is in hundreds of billions yet each year only about 20 billions shillings is set aside for the exercise.''

Kagwa said that  that many Ugandans are not yet well versed with the duties of the human rights commission and end up forwarding cases or complaints to the commission which are of criminal natures that the commission can not handle.

One of the victims,Willy Masaba narrated,''I was tortured by an army officer 12 yrs ago.I became  lame even lost my manhood.I reported to human right commission.I was compensated with 15 million shillings but up to now I have not got it.''


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