UPDF Amisom troops not paid Shs53bn in allowances

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The Force Commander was accompanied by the Sector One commander Brig. Gen. Michael Kabango and other senior AMISOM military commanders, as well as the SNA commanding officer in Bariire on July 17, 2019

Uganda People’s Defence Force [UPDF] soldiers serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have not been paid their allowances for a period close to eight [8] months.

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is an active, regional peacekeeping mission operated by the African Union with the approval of the United Nations Security Council.

According to the Servicemen we interacted with in Somalia, Amisom has not paid up to $14.2 million (about Shs53bn) for mission allowances of 2,450 soldiers.

The said soldiers belong to Battle Group 26 (BG-26) which deployed in Somalia on 12th December 2018.

Each individual soldier is meant to be paid $728 per month.

Payments are meant to be paid to their accounts in a Quarter System (every three [3] months).

This development suggests nothing has been paid to this particular battle group for all the time they have been deployed in the warring Horn of Africa nation.

edge.ug learnt that African Union [AU] has been paying the salaries to Uganda government except for the last two months.

Army speaks out

When contacted over the matter, army spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire, confirmed the report.

“It is true, for the last six months, the African Union has not released troop allowances for contingents serving under AMISOM. This money is paid to the AU by European Union partners and AU in turn releases it to the Troop Contributing Countries as and when it is made available,” Brig Karemire told edge.ug.

He added: “There is hope that during this month of August outstanding payments will be made. The good and comforting news however is that the government of Uganda has continued to promptly pay salaries every month to all UPDF officers and men including those serving under AMISOM. We are sure these allowances will be paid to the beneficiaries.”

The army spokesperson told edge.ug that whenever such delays occur, the soldiers are informed about it.

Uganda was the first East African country to deploy troops under AMISOM into Somalia in March 2007.

So far, Uganda has provided all four AMISOM Force Commanders and remains the largest contingent in AMISOM with 6,223 troops based in Sector 1 which comprises of Banadir (Mogadishu), Middle and Lower Shabelle regions.

Until now, Uganda has deployed 12 battle groups into the Mission area.

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