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UPDF veterans run to court over non-payments

Attorney General William Byaruhanga has been dragged to court by UPDF veterans over unpaid annual leave arrears (FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA. Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) veterans have dragged Attorney General (AG) to court seeking for payment of their annual leave arrears.

According to the court documents seen by PML Daily, six veterans in their petition filed before the High Court Civil Division claim that they are among the members of the veterans of UPDF demanding for their annual leave arrears, medical, food, professional allowances that were never paid to them.

The six veterans include; Abdramani Bakit, Tumwine Kiiza, Frank Bikorwahabwe, Gerald Musinguzi, Gordon Ainomugisha and Innocent Ituuza.

The group claim that they obtained consent from their colleagues also veterans of the UPDF having the same claim against the respondent [Attorney General (AG)] to institute a representative suit.

“We have individually through our lawyers Bemanyisa & Co advocates demanded for payment of the earlier mentioned arrears from the respondent to no veil,” reads in part their claim.

Adding: “That court will save from the likelihood of having a multiplicity of suits with plaintiffs of the same claim against the same respondent which can be well addressed by issuing a representative order to the applicants herein”.

They further contend that as the applicants and fellow veterans, they are legally entitled to their terminal benefits arrears which the respondent has unreasonably denied them.

The group claims that in the interest of justice, court should grant them leave to institute a representative suits for themselves and on behalf of fellow veterans of the UPDF claiming their terminal benefits and beliefs.

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