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Govt halts Shs4 billion compensation package for bush war veterans

Luwero, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The government has halted the Shillings 4 billion compensation to veterans pending a probe into reports of fake claimants. For decades, the government has been paying veterans for their contribution to the National Resistance Army war of 1981-1986 that ushered in the current regime. However to …

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FRONASA veterans eulogize Gen. Elly Tumwine

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Front for National Salvation (FRONASA) veterans have eulogized the late Gen. Elly Tumwine describing him as one of the most inspirational and motivational commanders. Gen Elly Tumwine, 68, the former Minister of Security, died on Thursday in Nairobi, Kenya. President Museveni in a statement said …

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Hundreds turn up for UPDF veterans verification in Wakiso

Wakiso, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Hundreds of people comprising of retired soldiers and relatives of deceased soldiers have turned up at Wakiso district headquarters for the verification of the authenticity of the documents to ease the payment of pension and gratuity for ex-servicemen. The UPDF First Division Spokesperson, Maj Charles Kabona …

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Hundreds of UPDF veterans turn up for verification exercise

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Hundreds of pensioners and relatives of deceased ex-servicemen on Tuesday turned up at Kololo Airstrip for the army veteran verification exercise. The Ministry of Defense last carried out a physical validation of the pensioners in 2016. The nationwide exercise that commenced on 17 January and ends …

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UPDF to conduct nationwide verification of veterans

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Uganda People’s Defence Forces-UPDF is to conduct a nationwide verification exercise of 68,000 army veterans. The Minister of State for Veteran Affairs, Huda Abason Oleru, said that the verification exercise is aimed at ensuring payroll integrity for smooth payment of pensions and gratuity. While …

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West Nile veterans demand fulfillment of UGX 500M pledge

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Over 150 veterans in West Nile are demanding for the fulfillment of 500 Million Shillings pledge. In a meeting held on Thursday in Arua city with State Minister for Veteran Affairs Christopher Kibazanga and officials from Ministry of Defense, the veterans leaders demanded that the …

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UPDF starts verification of veterans

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The army has commenced a nation-wide verification exercise of all unpaid ex-servicemen. Adolf Mwesige, the Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs in a statement issued on Wednesday said the exercise will target unpaid military veterans and beneficiaries of deceased soldiers who lack necessary documents. …

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Rwenzururu veterans plead for Mumbere’s freedom

  Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Rwenzururu Kingdom veterans have asked Gen Salim Saleh, a brother to President Yoweri Museveni to facilitate the freedom of Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere. Mumbere, together with close to 200 of his loyalists, was arrested on November 27, 2016, after a confrontation between …

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Zimbabwe war veterans at heart of Mugabe’s downfall

Harare, Zimbabwe | AFP | Once Robert Mugabe’s fiercest supporters, independence war veterans played a key role in ousting him, proving they still wield influence in Zimbabwe which only threw off colonial rule in 1980. Mugabe’s reign was built on support from three pillars — ZANU-PF party, the military and …

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Zimbabwe war veterans call for immediate anti-Mugabe protests

Harare, Zimbabwe | AFP | Zimbabwe’s influential war veterans on Tuesday called for immediate protests against President Robert Mugabe as parliament moved to impeach the veteran leader. “All the people must leave what they are doing, come to Harare… we just want to see the back of Mugabe immediately. The …

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