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Monday, December 16, 2013 

Uganda owes Tanzania $8m from war

DAR ES SALAAM -- Tanzania is still demanding for some $8,824,964.56 from Uganda as part of compensation from the 1978/79 Kagera war which Idi Amin instigated.

The Tanzania Defense and National Service Minister, Shamsi Vuai Nahodha disclosed this while responding to questions from legislators during plenary session in Dodoma last week.

Nahodha said Uganda to date had paid Tanzania $9,656,065 as an installment out of the total $18,481,029.91.

“This amount was paid during the third phase government of President Benjamin Mkapa who had resumed talks with the Uganda government after several years of being stalled, after the government of Uganda had failed to fulfill its previous compensation talks,” Nahodha said.

He said Tanzanian forces fought Amin’s army between 1978 and 1979, following the invasion of Tanzania’s Kagera  region. Amin claimed the area belonged to Tanzania.

“The government of Tanzania had asked Ugandan government to pay a compensation fee, because the invasion was caused by their leader and Uganda agreed to do so,” Nahodha said. 

However there have been no recent payments.

Earlier Mbinga Legislature, Cpt (rtd) John Komba said it was important for Tanzania to ask Uganda to settle the compensation balance.

Record shows that a total of $9,656,065 being compensation for Kagera war was paid to Tanzania through the Tanzania Ministry of Defense and National Service and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in 2000.

 However, the 2000 sitting parliament was told by the then Deputy Minister for Finance, Prof Crispin Haule, that the total debt  Uganda was supposed to pay Tanzania, as per the contract between the two, amounted to $123.2 million. 

By Patrick Kisembo, Monday, December 16th, 2013