Army Officers Arrested In Somalia Food Theft Scandal


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UPDF publicist, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, said the officers had been “put on open arrest” and deported from Somalia.

He further told Chimpreports on Wednesday morning that the suspects will today meet Chief of Staff, Brigadier Leopold Kyanda for proper management.

“The charges are being worked on. The public will be informed in due course,” said Ankunda.

He further noted that the suspected thieving officers jetted in Uganda on Tuesday.

It also emerged that a one Lt Col Olanya has been serving a sentence at Makindye Prison in relation to the alleged food theft.

Ankunda early this week said the officers had been recalled for allegedly “getting involved in conduct injurious” to the AU force.

“They have been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation into the allegations against them,” he noted.

The enquiry followed complaints by junior officers of “unscrupulous conduct” by their superiors.

Ankunda said the claims included allegations that junior officers were not being paid and food meant for them was being sold.

The embattled officers will be court-martialled and dismissed from the army if found guilty.

AMISOM troops in a training exercise in Somalia

President Yoweri Museveni last week ordered the arrest of Brig Ondoga’s group after an intelligence report showed that Ugandan forces were being poorly fed thus performing poorly on the battlefield.

In fact the Al Shabaab had in recent weeks gained an upper hand and inflicted heavy casualties to the AMISOM forces.

President Museveni on Tuesday night commissioned a new group of UPDF soldiers trained at Singo to be deployed in Somalia. They will be led by Brigadier Dick Olum.


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