Uganda Speaks Over None Payment of Soldiers in Somalia

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Kampala-Uganda says it’s not to blame over delays in payment of troops serving under African Mission in Somalia-AMISOM. The Ugandan troops who are deployed to fight Alshabab militias have spent more than five months without pay. The Army and Ministry of  Defense Spokesperson, Lt. Col Paddy Ankunda confirmed to The Continent Observer in an email to the The Continent Observer esplained that Uganda is not responsible for the delay in the payment of salaries for the troops. “Whereas it is true that the soldiers had not received their five month AMISOM allowances, it is as a result of procedural impediment beyond the control of UPDF and Uganda as a whole”.Lt. Col. Paddy Anukunda stated in the email. Ankunda explained that the delay is a procedural impediment “It is not until freshly deployed troops have reached the mission area and United Nation Support Office for AMISOM (UNSOA) and AMISOM has received them in the mission area that a pay roll is developed and the processing of payment is started”. Ankunda says that a request for payment is usually submitted by the troop contributing country to African Union and its upon that funds are sourced from the European Union to pay them. He says the process takes more than three months before payment takes place “it takes not less than three months before payment starts and that gap is carried on. That is why all troops have since the onset of the mission rotated out from the mission area with arrears to be paid”. Ankunda says the soldiers who are demanding salary arrears will be paid when African Union remits the money. A Ugandan soldier serving in AMISIOM is paid a salary of US$1028 of which U$200 is deducted to allegedly cater for administrative costs. However recently there has been complains of none payment from the soldiers.

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