As the registration of war veterans is ongoing in some of the districts across the country, hundreds of Busia veterans gathered at the district headquarters for registration & verification army numbers Lt. Col. Oguttu and the women MP Hon. Jane Nabulindo spearheaded this exercise.
While addressing the Veterans assured them about getting their retirement packages and gratuity as an appreciation for the military effort rendered to bring the current government in power
Lt. Col. Oguttu said that the packages that the government is going to pay veterans are only for world war II & NRA war veterans, he also added that deserters will not be considered.
Although the veterans expressed a lot of anger when they started probing Col. Oguttu and MP Jane Nabulindo over government failure to recognize veterans & issuance of retirement packages
Still, enraged veterans cautioned the government to quit tricks & undermining them though they played a big role in this country
Veterans said enough is enough, therefore, they resorted to working together as a team to boycott the 2021 one presidential general election unless the government considers them
Speaking to veteran Tabu Nelson who served in UNLA army from 1980-1989 under the service number UD9890 said they have wasted a lot of money and time moving up and down registering their names and opening up bank accounts for payment but nothing has been done
He said the government has turned them to be useless people, therefore, the only thought of a solution of forgetting their retirement and gratuity packages and also not to vote in 2021 election
Ojambo Odwong who also served in the army from 1971 to 1987 under Uganda army now called UPDF speaks the same language with fellow veterans vowing not to participate in 2021 election unless they are given their retirement packages
Speaking to Nafula Jane Rose daughter to late veteran Magero Aguse said that her father retired and started processing for his retirement package for over 25 years until he died without getting his money
Veterans also said they want HE the president of the Republic of Uganda Yoweri Kagutta Museveni meet Busia veterans so that He addresses their issues before 2021
The women member of parliament Hon Jane Nabulindo while speaking to press said the reason why these veterans have not yet received their retirement packages is that no one has been following up their issues and presenting it to president
She said she talked to some top UPDF officers and promised to meet all the Busia veterans very soon and harmonize the issues
Hon assured veterans of getting their retirement packages and also requested them to remain calm as they work upon their payment arrangement