Military drives stuck UN weapons to Kampala

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United Nations officials visited Vurra on the Uganda-DR Congo border where their weapons and cargo have been stuck for close to two months.

The weapons have been brought to Kampala and put in a warehouse.

The cargo includes; weapons, medical equipment, wheeled armoured personnel carriers (APCs) and Land Rovers bearing UN labels.

Impasse

At the start of February, government asked the United Nations (UN) to urgently collect its weapons and cargo stuck at the Uganda-DR Congo border in West Nile sub-region.

The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Okello Oryem, summoned the concerned parties in the matter to a meeting at the ministry’s headquarters in Kampala.

UN officials in Kampala held a meeting with the aggrieved transporters at their offices on Yusuf Lule Road in Nakasero.

In the meeting, the transporters were told that UN did not owe them anything.

The UN told them it fully paid the main contractor Daher Technologies, a French industrial conglomerate, in August last year to transport the weapons and the other cargo to the final destination in Agadir, a city along Morocco’s southern Atlantic coast via the port of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

It was further revealed that Daher also fully paid the Congolese contractor, STE Groupe Dirco Ltd, based in Lubumbashi, Haut Katanga, to undertake the job.

They were further told that the money disappeared between STE Groupe Dirco Ltd and KTG Africa Limited, the Uganda-based company, which was subcontracted to transport the consignment.

KTG Africa Limited contracted the transporters. Negotiations with the drivers continue.

The equipment which left Dungu Territory in DR Congo on December 24, 2018, is destined for Agadir, a city on Morocco’s southern Atlantic coast via the port of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Meanwhile, the costs have been piling with each truck charged an extra $200 or about Shs730,000 per day.

To transport the cargo to Dar es Salaam, the transporters require Shs25.7m ($7,000) per truck.

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