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“Why are we paying for Museveni’s atrocities in the Democratic Republic of Congo?” says Bobi Wine.

This comes after the International Court of Justice, the UN's highest court, ordered Uganda to pay the Democratic Republic of Congo $325 million in damages (Shs1.1 trillion).

Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine, the head of the National Unity Platform (NUP), has stated that it is sad that the Ugandan people would bear the brunt of the government’s crimes committed during its incursion into the Democratic Republic of Congo in the late 1990s.

This comes after the International Court of Justice, the UN’s highest court, ordered Uganda to pay the Democratic Republic of Congo $325 million in damages (Shs1.1 trillion).

Kyagulanyi said it is sad that the violations and looting listed in the decision were committed by a few military commanders in his remarks on the ruling.

“Now it is the people of Uganda who must bear the burden of paying such massive restitution,” Kyagulanyi stated in a statement obtained by Bazzup.

He stated that they have no cause to dispute with the court’s findings and decisions, and that President Museveni’s behavior has remained consistent both at home and abroad.

“All he needs is to be stopped.” He will continue to commit such atrocities against the people of Uganda and neighboring nations the longer he remains in office illegally and against the will of the Ugandan people,” he added.

NUP commits to uphold the rule of law at home and to comply with Uganda’s international legal and human rights duties, according to Kyagulanyi.

The government described the court’s decision to slam a $325 million (Shs1.1 trillion) charge on it as “unfair” and “outrageous” yesterday.

A UN court decided in 2005 that Uganda had broken international law by occupying parts of Ituri with its forces and supporting other armed groups during the province’s strife.

The court ordered the two countries to negotiate the compensation procedure, but the DRC reported to the tribunal in 2005 that the negotiations had failed and that a definitive judgment on the sum was needed.

For the occupation of Ituri, the DRC requested more than $11 billion from Uganda.

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