Parliament Approves Support for LRA Returnees

2/19/2019

Former Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebel returnees were excited to hear that the Ugandan government is approving a motion in parliament that will give them much-needed support. Fifteen years after their return, many LRA returnees have not received any support, and have often been rejected by their own parents.

The new legislation, which was approved by about 400 legislators, has four main aims: identify and profile the affected victims, set aside finances for former female LRA abductees and their children born in captivity, develop a sensitization campaign to increase social integration and reduce stigmatization and discrimination of victims, and the adoption of a transitional justice policy. Priority will be given to the Acholi subregion, which will serve as a pilot project before the plan is rolled out across Northern Uganda.

The news was announced by Lyandro Komakech, a member of parliament who tabled the motion a week ago. During the announcement, Komakech also commended Kahinda Otafire, the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, for convincing the president to accept the transitional justice policy’s enactment, which is now awaiting cabinet approval.

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