UGANDA: UPDF CLARIFIES ON SOMALIA SALARIES SCAM CHARGE

KAMPALA, July 27 – The Uganda army has come out and clarified on a media report on a “scam” regarding payment of salaries of UPDF soldiers serving in Somalia on peace-keeping missions.

The details of the story were published in Saturday Vision of July 26, 2004 titled: “Salary scam hits UPDF in Somalia”.

In response, UPDF spokesman, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, said in a press statement nn Saturday that the report is “unfounded and maliciously designed to taint the good image of the UPDF”.

According the report, several Ugandan soldiers serving on peace-keeping missions in Somalia are crying foul for being sent back home before the end of their mission, and their money swindled.

It reveals that up to 40 soldiers have been affected.

But Ankunda came out to respond to the story’s revelations, by among other things, emphasizing that soldiers serving under AMISOM “are paid allowances and not salaries”.

SOURCE: NEW VISION

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