Uganda has paid the Democratic Republic of Congo $65 million off $325m in reparations for the invasion and looting by Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) more than 20 years ago.
“It’s true we have paid $65m as the first instalment,” finance ministry spokesman Apollo Munghinda said on Monday. The payment was made on September 1, he added.
In a case first brought against Uganda in 1999, DRC asked the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to compel Uganda to pay it $11bn as reparations for the deaths, looting and general economic damage caused by Uganda’s military occupation of parts of DRC in the 1990s.
In February, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered Uganda to pay $225 million to DR Congo for loss of lives, $60 million for looting, plunder and exploitation of natural resources and $40 million for property damage.
The payments were to start in September this year running until 2026, with Kampala paying $65 million each year to Kinshasa in five instalments, failure of which the instalment would accrue a six percent annual interest rate.