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Uganda pays first installment of war reparations to DR of Congo

Uganda pays first installment of war reparations to DR of Congo

Uganda has paid $65 Million in the first installment of a $325 million total to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This was in compensation for losses incurred by wars that took place in the 1990s, when Ugandan troops occupied Congolese territory.

In a case first brought against Uganda in 1999, DRC asked the ICJ to compel Uganda to pay it $11bn as reparations for the deaths, looting and general economic damage caused by Uganda’s military occupation of parts of DRC in the 1990s. After lengthy proceedings, the United Nations’ highest court ruled in 2005 that Uganda had violated international law by occupying parts of eastern DRC and supporting other armed groups during a bloody conflict that raged from 1998 to 2003. The ICJ, which is responsible for settling disputes between states and whose decisions are final and can not be appealed, ordered Uganda to negotiate repartees.

After talks between the two parties stalled, in 2015, the ICJ assumed control of the case. In February this year, its judges ruled that Uganda had to pay $325m in five yearly installments, $65m each, beginning in September. The ICJ broke down the compensation into different categories of damages, including $225m for “loss of life and other damage to persons,” another $40m for damage to property and $60m for damage to natural resources. Ugandan soldiers, who had been fighting rebels within DRC for the past three years, crossed into Uganda at Mpondwe’s border point in October 2001.

Source: north africa post

By Chala Dandessa

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