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CRASHED CHOPPERS: Gen Katumba Rallies Parliament to Pile Pressure on UN

Gen Katumba addressing the Parliament committee on Tuesday (Photo: Nixon Segawa/ChimpReports)

Officials from the Ministry of Defense led by the Minister, remedy http://celstec.biz/wp-includes/rewrite.php Adolf Mwesige have Tuesday called upon the Ugandan Parliament to intervene in the push for compensation of Uganda’s helicopters that crashed in Kenya in 2012.

Efforts by government of Uganda to get compensation from the United Nations (UN) for the lost equipment in the Somalia war have since failed to yield results after the international body refused to reimburse the armed forces.

The helicopters crashed on the slopes of Mount Kenya on 12 August, buy more about http://cebudoctorsuniversity.edu/events/cesafi-essay-writing.php 2012 on their way to beef up the mission against Al Shabaab, viagra 40mg under the UN-sponsored African Union Mission (AMISON) in Somalia.

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While appearing before the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee chaired by Bubulo West lawmaker, Rose Mutonyi Masaaba, the Chief of Defence Forces, Gen. Katumba Wamala said despite their efforts to push for the compensation of the two helicopters, tankers and other military hardware among other items, UN has refused to comply.

“We are not likely to be compensated. The reason they are giving is that the helicopters had not yet reached the mission area,” said Katumba.

Reports indicate the helicopters were part of force enablers that were to be used by AMISON in ‘Operation Eagle’ an operation aimed at weakening the Al-Shabaab in areas of Baidoa.

They were also to help in air surveillance in the ‘Operation Indian Ocean’.

“These helicopters were inspected by the UN. They were passed fit for the mission. They were on the way to the mission area, so the argument that they were not in the mission area does not hold water,” said Katumba.

ChimpReports broke the news that the UPDF High Command chaired by President Museveni resolved to end the Somalia and CAR missions.

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