Final Ruling: UN Court Orders Uganda To Cough $325M For Violence In Congo

Final Ruling: UN Court Orders Uganda To Cough $325M For Violence In Congo

By Spy Uganda Correspondent

The United Nations’ top court on Wednesday ordered Uganda to pay over $325 million (€284 million) in reparations to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling brings an end to Kinshasa’s legal battle against Kampala that started over two decades ago.

It is a far cry from the $11 billion the DRC initially demanded from its neighbor for a brutal 1998-2003 war.

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Reading out the court’s verdict, Judge Joan E. Donoghue, the ICJ president, said reparations were compensatory and not meant to be punitive.

It ruled Uganda can pay the amount in installments of $65 million annually.

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History Of The DRC-Uganda Reparations Case

Congo first brought the case before the court in 1999.

In 2005 the ICJ ruled Uganda had to pay compensation for invading Congo in a war that left hundreds of thousands of people dead and displaced millions.

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At its height, the conflict drew in nine African countries, with Uganda and Rwanda backing rebel forces against the government in Kinshasa.

The Hague-based court ordered the African neighbors to negotiate reparations, but they could not reach an agreement.

In 2015 the DRC took the case back to the ICJ for a final decision on the amount of compensation.

The DRC told the court it wanted more than $11 billion in reparations.Uganda said it could ruin its economy.

The ICJ rules in disputes between countries, and its decisions are final and cannot be appealed.

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