An African court has ordered Ugandan government to compensate the former Lord Resistance Army (LRA) commander Thomas Kwoyelo for human rights violations.
The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights has in its ruling at its 62nd ordinary ordinary session in Banjul in Gambia held last week ordered the government pay the former rebel commander on “international standards.”
“In view of the above, the commission hereby orders the government of Uganda to pay adequate compensation to the victim (Kwoyelo) for the violation of Articles 3 and 7 (1) (a) and (d) of the African Charter,” ruled the African Commission.
The court ordered the government to according to Kwoyelo wishes.
“In accessing the manner and mode of payment of the compensation, the government of Uganda shall consult the victim and his legal representatives (Onyango & Co. Advocates) and shall be guided by international norms and practices relating to payment of compensatory damages,” the court added.
The supreme court was also faulted for delaying the trial of Kwoyelo without any sound reasons.
“The commission further rules that the unjustified delay in the hearing of the appeal before the Supreme Court caused by lack of coram, partially violated Article 7 (1) (d) of the Charter,” ruled the commission.
Thomas Kwoyelo was prominent commander of Joseph Kony Lord’s Resistance Army who was captured by UPDF in central Africa.