Opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Presidential Candidate Patrick Oboi Amuriat has promised to compensate families in Teso region that were devastated by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) insurgency.
Addressing residents of Lwala town in Kalaki District yesterday, Amuriat said the affected families should have been compensated a long time ago.
“I know that you continue to feel the pain of the disappearance of your children many years ago. I remember I went to Sudan to try and negotiate for the return of those children with Joseph Kony. Indeed, I met some of the young children from Teso but unfortunately was unable to get them back,” he revealed.
“My Government of FDC is going to compensate the parents of the children who were taken away by Joseph Kony because it is the responsibility of the Government under the constitution to protect the lives and properties of the people of this country,” Amuriat promised.
A 2008 report by the Coalition to stop the use of child soldiers titled “A case Study of Children Abducted by the LRA” stipulates that 116 children were abducted from this area that by then was situated in Amuria District.
Meanwhile, Amuriat promised to elevate the wages of security personnel across the board and secure state of art military equipment that shall enable them to protect the frontiers of the country efficiently.
Earlier in the day, Amuriat visited a mass grave site containing 365 bodies that were massacred from June 15 2003 to 2004 situated at Obalanga in Kapelebyong District.