Uganda in Talks With African Union Over Pay Delays For Peacekeepers


Uganda military has launched engagement with African Union (AU) on what it termed delays on allowances to its soldiers serving in African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

While briefing the media on the matter, Army spokesman, Paddy Ankunda, said that the more than 6,000 Ugandan soldiers had not been paid by AU for the last four months but was hopeful the delay and bureaucracy will be sorted and the soldiers will be paid their dues.

The army spokesman, however, dismissed fears that payment delays would lower troop’s morale in battling Al-Shabaab terrorists in Somalia.

"There is no crisis. We are in Somalia for a mission to help our brothers and sisters," he said.

Uganda contributes the biggest troop in number to the AU Peacekeeping Mission in Somalia with at least strong troops of 6,000 soldiers.

Uganda’s UPDF troops entered Somalia in 2007 and have been battling the Islamist group Al-Shabaab for nearly a decade.

UPDF contingent has been assigned sector 1 in southern Somalia covering regions of Banadir, and Lower Shabelle.

The gallant troops have driven the Al Qaeda linked militants to rural areas in southern Somalia.

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