Government Sets up Team to Verify Claims by Victims of the 1979 Muslim Massacres in Sheema

Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has set up a government team to verify claims of the survivors and victims of the 1979 massacre of Muslim families in Kiziba Parish, Sheema District.
The Prime Minister’s move follows a directive by President Yoweri Museveni this week that families which lost lives and property during the 1979 massacre should be verified and compensated.
Following the President’s directive, Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda subsequently chaired a high level meeting at his office in Kampala on Friday 15 January 2016 to find a lasting solution to the matter.
The meeting was attended by representatives from various government ministries as well as Sheema District leaders and representatives of victims and survivors.
“Government has set up a verification team to travel to Kiziba, Sheema District immediately, to carry out a thorough verification exercise of all the claims and report back within three weeks,” Dr Rugunda said.
“The findings of the verification exercise will form the basis for compensation,” the Prime Minister added.
The team to be led by the Solicitor General, will comprise of the Chief Government Valuer, Auditor General, representatives  from the Ministry of Agriculture, Internal Security Organisation,Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Defence and Sheema District Local Government.

Following the fall of President Idi Amin in April 1979, gunmen attacked Muslim communities in Kiziba village in Kagango sub-county killing several people and threw their bodies in River Rwizi. Property was also lost. Following the incident, many Muslim families fled the area. A number of survivors and victims have for years sought for compensation.