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Ugandan ex-soldiers awarded huge payout

A Ugandan court has ordered the government to compensate tens of thousands of soldiers from the disbanded army of former rulers Idi Amin and Milton Obote, and their lawyer said on Saturday the bill could top $5 billion. Some 45,000 ex-troops want salary arrears and compensation for serving in the old Uganda Army that was disbanded after current President Yoweri Museveni and his National Resistance Army (NRA) rebels defeated them. The claimants say the laws that fired them and made the NRA the new national army were flawed, and on Friday the Appeals Court agreed they had been dismissed illegally. Full Story

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