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FDC Calls On Army To Plan Exit From Somalia

FDC Calls On Army To Plan Exit From Somalia

While addressing the media yesterday Forum for Democratic Change ( FDC ) deputy secretary general Harold Kaija requested Uganda People’s Defence Forces to plan its exit from Somalia citing out that Uganda despite being instrumental in peacekeeping in the region, the benefits to the citizens were minimal from the mission.

“ What are the benefits to the people of Uganda so that as we bury, we know the children and grandchildren of people who have died should never look for where to sleep, food or even clothes. But we can’t have orphans who you ask where their father died and they can’t tell,” Kaija said.

FDC deputy secretary general further said that because of the deployment of its soldiers in the region, it had created many enemies which could lead to conflicts.

“ While we recognize the importance of UPDF’s deployment to Somalia to aid in the restoration of peace and stability in the region, we also share concerns regarding the absence of a clear exit plan. It is crucial that Somalia is empowered to govern its own affairs and that the peacekeeping force isn’t an occupation force in the areas,” Kaija said.

Paying bribe to be deployed to Somalia

However he clearly pointed out that the peace keeping mission had since turned into an occupation force alleging that the process of selecting individuals for deployment in Somalia within the UPDF had been tainted with corruption.

“ It’s unfortunate that some members of the UPDF pay bribes to secure deployment to Somalia solely for financial gain, without considering their qualifications for the task at hand. It is disheartening that the commander in chief Mr Museveni is aware of this issue yet has remained silent,” he said.

However in response Brig Gen Felix Kulayige the spokesperson of the UPDF said in retaliation that UPDF as an army didn’t go in for benefits and dismissed the claim that the army was mercenaries.

….”We didn’t go for benefits and neither are we mercenaries. This country deployed to Somalia in Pan African mission approved by African Union and the United Nations. Have we completed that mission for us to withdraw.”

Meanwhile Brig Felix Kulayigye dismissed claims as for the corruption allegations and said all these were baseless and not aware of it.

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