UPDF CHOPPER CRASH: Arrival Of Dead Bodies Postponed

pills geneva; font-size: small;”>Ministry of defence officials had earlier said the seven charred bodies of our brave lads would be airlifted from Kenya to Entebbe Military airbase at 9:30am on Friday.

prescription geneva;”>Journalists, story survivors of the fatal chopper crashes and other senior army officials arrived at the airbase as early as 8:00am to receive the bodies.

However, after a brief ceremony, army spokesperson Col. Felix Kulayigye said he would communicate in the near future when the bodies would be brought home.

During the function, Chief of Staff (Airforce) Maj. Gen. Jim Owoyesigire said the army would do everything in its means to investigate the cause of the chopper crashes.

“Whatever the motive, we shall not divert from our mission in Somalia,” said Owoyesigire.

The statement confirms fears that UPDF is not contented with reports that the UPDF attack helicopters tumbled down in the forests of Mount Kenya on Sunday simply because of weather hazards.

Sources in the army say investigators are looking at possible sabotage by rogue elements in the region and also a possible attack on the choppers from the ground.

UPDF denies its pilots were given wrong coordinates by the Kenya Airforce during their trip to Somalia.

“Whatever happened in Mt. Kenya, we shall not retreat. It’s no retreat no surrender,” said a visibly enraged Owoyesigire.

He appealed to the 21 survivors of the chopper crashes to remain strong, brave and determined to protect the interests of Uganda.

On his part, State Minister for Defence Jeje Odong said the army “would continue to mourn the loss of our soldiers.”

“This is a very sad moment,” said Odong, the former army commander.

He hailed Kenya authorities for identifying the wreckages of the crashed choppers and rescuing survivors.

“We have lost machines and comrades. We pay condolences to the families of the deceased and pledge to continue supporting them,” said Odong.

He appealed to the media to refrain from sensationalism in reporting the chopper crash saga, saying it could lead to bad blood between Uganda and Kenya.

“The office of the Defence spokesperson is open to you all. Kindly ask for information that you want and we will give it to you,” said Odong.


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