Uganda has finally expressed its disappointment with African Union over a wide range of issues that continue to hamper UPDF’s stabilisation operations in Somalia, side effects Chimp Corps report.
This was during a meeting between the head of the Peace Support Operations Department of the African Union Commission, order Mr. Bam Sivuyile and Uganda’s top military brass at the Minister of Defence’s Kololo office on May 31.
According to army spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, the meeting discussed the “challenges Uganda faces as a troop contributing country to the African Union Mission in Somalia with a view that they could be addressed to allow it perform better.”
It was chaired by the UPDF Chief of Defence Forces, Gen Katumba Wamala, and attended by among others, the permanent secretary of Ministry of Defence, Mrs Byengoma Rosette, the Commander Land Forces of the UPDF, Maj. Gen. David Muhoozi and the Joint Chief of staff of the UPDF, Maj Gen Wilson Mbadi.
Four key areas discussed included compensations, safety and welfare of the troops, troop levels, and payment of allowances.
Mr Bam said the delayed payments of allowances affect all the contingents in the mission and was as a result of some adjustments being made in the financial process within the AU, which will be for the betterment of all.
“We are aware that it had taken quite a while, but we are glad to announce that funds have now been released to clear the arrears,” said Mr Bam.
On compensations, the Ugandan team suggested to the AU official that there is need to increase the death compensations from the current US $ 50,000 because the troops who unfortunately pass on from Somalia usually leave young families that require extra support.
This will be perceived as a huge step forward in securing the livelihoods of children of UPDF soldiers killed in Somalia.
There have been complaints in the army about delayed payment of soldiers in Somalia, an issue insiders say was triggering frustration among the combatants.
The team also noted delayed reimbursement for country owned equipments and compensations, including military assets in the event of loss, which impacts on force’s capabilities.
The team further suggested that Uganda takes up certain troop protection and welfare responsibilities from the AU and it’s reimbursed because of the AU/UN long procedures against the need to ensure the welfare and troop protection of the forces.
There was also a discussion on the current troop levels of Ugandan Contingent at 6,223 against the critical tasks of securing over half of the population in the liberated areas of Somalia, Government organs, key National assets, and the need to secure more areas from Al shabaab.
Mr. Bam said: “Uganda is contributing immensely to AMISOM and we will table all these concerns and see if they could be addressed. The challenge, however, is that the funds come from external sources like the European Union and the UN, which sometimes causes delays.”
Gen Wamala reiterated Uganda’s commitment to the Pan African mission in Somalia saying despite some challenges, the Ugandan contingent remains focused to the mission.
Uganda was the pioneer of AMISOM and is still the leading troop contributor to the mission.
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The NRM recently endorsed Museveni as their sole candidate in the upcoming presidential race.
ChimpReports understands the FDC National Council meeting held last week passed a resolution that it would support a single candidate fronted against the ruling party’s flag-bearer.
Wafula said the party is “so much determined to support any candidate that the opposition, civil society organizations, religious groups and all democracy-seeking Ugandans will front against President Museveni.”
Mbabazi on Sunday told a group of Councillors from Kibaale District that his much-anticipated announcement on his take on the presidency is imminent: “You have waited for years, months and now it’s only days and I will tell you the good news.”
He added: “I will tell the people of Kibaale, the country and the whole world the news soon. You know I am still powerful and trust me I will take your voice wherever you want me to,” Mbabazi told the councillors.
The former powerful NRM Secretary General is widely expected to announce his 2016 presidential bid in June.
Wafula on the other hand noted that the former party president, Dr. Kizza Besigye is free to compete for the party flag since he is a member of the party.
“Besigye being elected at Secretary for Mobilization in Rukungiri is just aimed at enabling him attend the special Delegates Conference on June 12 but not fielding him as a party flag bearer,” said Wafula.
The FDC stalwart added, “Besigye like any other party member is by the party constitution free to contest for the party flag in a national presidential election.”
Wafula however observed that so far there has been no other member that has expressed interest in holding the party flag for 2016 elections apart from the party president, Gen. Mugisha Muntu but believes members will soon come on board.