A group of orphans whose parents perished 20 years ago in March 2000 in a cult massacre have petitioned the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga over being denied access to their parents’ burial site and an investigation report into the incident.
Chairing the Wednesday, 26 August 2020 plenary sitting, Kadaga said that Parliament in July 2019 resolved to have government provide financial assistance to the affected persons and for the Prime Minister to present a report on the investigation.
“I wrote to the government on 2 September 2019 and on 17 February 2020 on the same issue requesting the Prime Minister to meet the group and discuss their compensation,” she added.
Kadaga said that the group claims they met President Yoweri Museveni who gave them assurance of compensation on 6 February, 2016 at the Kanungu Play Grounds in the western district of Kanungu.
She directed the Prime Minister to present to Parliament a progress report on the matter within two weeks so that it can be handled expeditiously.
The cult led by Joseph Kibwetere was called the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God, a group that splintered from the Roman Catholic Church in Uganda.
The group gained infamy after 778 of its members were found dead from a fire believed to have been orchestrated by the cult leaders.