UPDF warns AMISOM veterans

UPDF troops in Somalia (Internet photo)
UPDF troops in Somalia (Internet photo)

The Army says claims of nonpayment by veteran soldiers who served with the AU mission in Somalia are wild allegations intended to attract public sympathy.

In a statement, UPDF spokesman Lt. Col Paddy Ankunda has warned the soldiers making such claims that they risk arrest and prosecution.

The army has also provided a list of 38 claimants it says failed to meet requirements of the standing operating procedures of AMISOM leading to their repatriation.

The 38 are said to have served in Somalia between 2012 and May 2013 but did not complete their mission time.

The army says they cannot claim payment for the time they did not work.

According to Ankunda, persons repatriated or unofficially out of the mission area for 21 days, or who quit the mission, are not payable from the time they leave the mission area.  Ankunda says  the claims are maliciously designed to taint the Force’s image.

He cites as an example recent claims by one Sergeant Swale Baluku that he was forcefully repatriated on health reasons despite being in good health. Baluku also alleged that his commanders were involved in arms sales, favouritism, and that attempts were made to kill him.

“In reality, despite attempts to advise him to reconsider his decision, Swale Baluku himself applied to quit the mission, five months to the end of his official time in Somalia, due to domestic problems back home. He should have officially rotated out of the mission in May 2013,” Ankunda says in the statement.

Ankunda adds that in the eight months Baluku worked in Somalia, he was given leave thrice which is more than any other soldier had.

Below is the list provided by the army.

RANK

NAMES

REASON
MAJ KIIZA NSUBUGA RETURNED TO HIS UNIT IN UMA – KABAMBA
LT DAVID OKELLO STRUCK OFF AMISOM STRENGTH DUE TO EXCESSIVE ABSENCE
LT BARNABAS OMARA REPATRIATION ON MEDICAL GROUNDS
LT SILAJE LUBWAMA STRUCK OFF AMISOM STRENGTH DUE TO EXCESSIVE ABSENCE
WOI MUGISHA KENNETH STRUCK OFF AMISOM STRENGTH DUE TO EXCESSIVE ABSENCE
WOI OKABO TOM STRUCK OFF AMISOM STRENGTH DUE TO EXCESSIVE ABSENCE
S/SGT WATASA JOHN REPATRIATION ON MEDICAL  GROUNDS
PTE NYAKUBAHO ZEPHANIA REPATRIATION ON MEDICAL GROUNDS
SGT KAKANDE AHAMED STRUCK OFF AMISOM STRENGTH DUE TO EXCESSIVE ABSENCE
SGT AGABA MOTEX STRUCK OFF AMISOM STRENGTH DUE TO EXCESSIVE ABSENCE
SGT SWALE BALUKU ALLOWED TO QUIT AMISOM ON HIS APPLICATION
CPL BINEGA ALEX STRUCK OFF AMISOM STRENGTH DUE TO EXCESSIVE ABSENCE
CPL KIPROP MARTINE STRUCK OFF AMISOM STRENGTH DUE TO EXCESSIVE ABSENCE
CPL MUHINDO KULABA REPATRIATION ON MEDICAL GROUNDS
CPL KATO MATIA REPATRIATION ON MEDICAL GROUNDS
L/CPL AJIJ FRANCIS STRUCK OFF AMISOM STRENGTH DUE TO EXCESSIVE ABSENCE
L/CPL ATUMA THOMAS STRUCK OFF AMISOM STRENGTH DUE TO EXCESSIVE ABSENCE
L/CPL AVUDRUGA GEOFREY STRUCK OFF AMISOM STRENGTH DUE TO EXCESSIVE ABSENCE
L/CPL MUTEGOMBWA ADAM STRUCK OFF AMISOM STRENGTH DUE TO EXCESSIVE ABSENCE
PTE OGWALETO GODFREY STRUCK OFF AMISOM STRENGTH DUE TO EXCESSIVE ABSENCE
PTE OPIO OMING SAM STRUCK OFF AMISOM STRENGTH DUE TO EXCESSIVE ABSENCE
PTE BASHAIJA KENNETH REPATRIATION ON MEDICAL GROUNDS
PTE OPIO LEO REPATRIATION ON MEDICAL GROUNDS
PTE WAFULA DUNCAN REPATRIATION ON MEDICAL GROUNDS
PTE MULABI CHARLES REPATRIATION ON MEDICAL GROUNDS
PTE OCHAMA GILBERT STRUCK OFF AMISOM STRENGTH DUE TO EXCESSIVE ABSENCE
PTE MASABA EDWARD STRUCK OFF AMISOM STRENGTH DUE TO EXCESSIVE ABSENCE
PTE BUGEYA IBRAHIM STRUCK OFF AMISOM STRENGTH DUE TO EXCESSIVE ABSENCE
PTE AMBA SADIK STRUCK OFF AMISOM STRENGTH DUE TO EXCESSIVE ABSENCE
PTE SEGUYA AMIDU STRUCK OFF AMISOM STRENGTH DUE TO EXCESSIVE ABSENCE
PTE MUGARURA EMMANUEL STRUCK OFF AMISOM STRENGTH DUE TO EXCESSIVE ABSENCE
PTE OTUK  BONNY STRUCK OFF AMISOM STRENGTH DUE TO EXCESSIVE ABSENCE
PTE SATURDAY ANDREW REPATRIATION ON MEDICAL GROUNDS
PTE MUCUNGUZI BEN REPATRIATION ON MEDICAL  GROUNDS
PTE EGODU STEPHEN REPATRIATION ON MEDICAL  GROUNDS
PTE NSEREKO MUZAMIRU REPATRIATION ON MEDICAL  GROUNDS
PTE OKALEBO FRANCIS REPATRIATION ON MEDICAL  GROUNDS
PTE OKWI SIMON REPATRIATION ON MEDICAL GROUNDS