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Killing, torture, looting and plunder in Congo costs Uganda R5bn


Killing, torture, looting and plunder in Congo costs Uganda R5bn

The International Court of Justice has ordered the country to make good after atrocities 20 years ago

Michael J. Kavanagh and Fred Ojambo

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered Uganda to pay $325m (about R5bn) in reparations for crimes committed during its invasion of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) more than two decades ago. 

The decision resolves a legal dispute that began in 1999 when Congo filed suit against Uganda for its occupation of part of the Central African country. 

The reparations cover $225m (about R3.5bn) for damage to people, $40m (about R605m) for damage to property and $60m (about R910m) for damage to natural resources, according to the court’s ruling, read out by its president, judge Joan Donoghue, in a broadcast from The Hague, where the court is based. It should be paid in five annual instalments of $65m (about R1bn), starting on September 1, and any late payments will accrue 6% interest, she said. ..

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