Uganda begins payment of war reparations in DRC – Agence Afrique

Uganda began disbursing war reparations funds to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) between 1998 and 2003, as established by the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

The first payment of US$65 million took place on September 1, 2022, Congolese Minister of Justice Rose Mutombo Kiese announced during the Council of Ministers held last Friday in Kinshasa.

“These funds are housed in a transitional account of the Ministry of Justice and Keeper of the Seals in a local bank which can only be activated after the effective operationalization of the special fund for reparations for Uganda’s illicit activities in the DRC to compensate the victims and or their dependents”, specifies the report of the Government.

Last February, the International Court of Justice ruled that Uganda violated the principle of non-interference and international humanitarian law when its troops intervened in the Second Congo War (1998-2003) by occupying the province of ‘Ituri, rich in gold, in eastern Congo.

The Court then set the amount of damages that Kampala must pay Kinshasa at 325 million dollars. This amount will be paid in 5 annual installments of 65 million US dollars, and will be used in part to compensate victims.

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