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AG seeks Shs 24bn 'facilitation' for $10bn DRC plunder case

Attorney General William Byaruhanga

Attorney General William Byaruhanga

The attorney general William Byaruhanga is seeking Shs 24bn to facilitate negotiations between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) over the settlement of a $10 billion plunder case.

In 2005, the United Nation's International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that Uganda violated the sovereignty of the DRC and is responsible for human rights abuses committed from August 1997 to June 2003 by Ugandan army officers and their commanders. 

The court also found that Ugandan soldiers plundered Congo's natural resources mainly timber and gold and must pay appropriate compensation to the government and people of DRC.

Meeting with the legal and parliamentary affairs committee on Thursday, Byaruhanga said that they need Shs 24.3 billion for the financing of Uganda’s defense at the International Court of Justice.  

Byaruhanga said that although the court had asked Uganda and the DRC to settle the matter out of court, DRC demanded $23 billion which he said was too much for Uganda.  

Byaruhanga says that Uganda has however offered $150 million but DRC is yet to agree to the amount. According to Byaruhanga, Uganda stands a big risk if the matter goes back to court as they could make an extravagant award. Byaruhanga says Uganda and DRC are expected to come to a conclusion on the matter in March.

"Now the problem here is you stand a risk if you allow this matter to go to court because the courts may not understand for example that we’re immediate neighbours with DRC as you all know. We have issues of rebels; rebels in their country and vice versa. Now, if you allow this to go to the court you expose yourself basically. With the recent advent of the new leadership in DRC, all I can say is he’s now agreed with the host president of ours that they are going to finalize this matter."

However, committee chairperson Jacob Oboth Oboth questioned if the money they are seeking is still required following successful on-going negotiations. 

"Who's benefiting from this case, it has been ongoing for a very long time. This Shs 24 billion those are the costs envisaged to facilitate attendance?"

Comments

+2 #11 Kirya 2020-01-19 00:49
M7 and his family of thieves should pay.

Byaruhanga get the money from the state house they also has accounts outside Uganda seek help in locating them. Their real estate holdings are an open book. Please do not bother Ugandans!t
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+2 #12 Kirya 2020-01-19 08:33
M7;and his family of thieves are on the
hook.

The dictator is responsible for his actions
Leave Uganda out of his 8mess. 647uq
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0 #13 Joe 2020-01-19 13:31
Quoting Robert Atuhairwe:
DRC should just forgive UGanda. We have done so much to protect their territory, incurring losses worth much more than they are demanding

Foreigners have taken more but no penalties have been slapped on them. Why? Aren't they known? Should i name them? They are behind the endless bloodletting and sponsorship of terror groups in the region


Arrogant as ever, is this the way to ask for forgiveness?
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0 #14 Lakwena 2020-01-21 09:28
In other words, Mr. M7 and his NRM cabal is the worst liability that Ugandans will ever have! Allowing these thugs to continue misleading this country is not acceptable.

Otherwise the Gen Otafiire & Co. of this country who participated in the looting (Booty Capitalism) of DR Congo are still alive. Let them to pay for their sins of rape, abominations and crimes against the people of Congo.

Remember Otafiire cheekily told journalist not to "Congo-timber him", because he only picked a stick when in the Congo jungle.

But lets face it, this government is a suspect every turn and twist: do not rule out that the Shs.24bn, is one of the conduits to fund NRM 2021 General election.
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0 #15 Lakwena 2020-01-21 11:02
Quoting Robert Atuhairwe:
DRC should just forgive UGanda. We have done so much to protect their territory, incurring losses worth much more than they are demanding ...


But Atuhairwe, "...protect their territory" was Mr. M7, brother Saleh and cabal coverup to blindfold the international community. Suppose the DRC Army did to Ugandans what the UPDF did to the Congolese; to the tune of that reparation, would you forgive them?

In other words, in the madness of war, you do not know what soldiers do during a war. That is why war is an organized crime, terrorism, murder and plunder.

So please, take your idea for "forgiveness" Kakade's Mbonye's Church. E.g., commanded by Fred Rwegyema, I have not yet forgiven the Banyarwanda NRA soldiers who urinated and pooped in our people's cooking, drinking water and marwa pots..
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