UPDF Soldiers In Somalia Not Paid Since August

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The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) soldiers deployed on a peacekeeping mission in Somalia have gone without salary since mid last year.

The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) soldiers deployed on a peacekeeping mission in Somalia have gone without salary since mid last year. 
 
There are about 5,000 Ugandan soldiers deployed in Somalia under a United Nations –backed African Union Mission in Somalia – AMISOM –. Each of the soldiers is entitled to a monthly salary of 750 US dollars from the African Union peace fund. However, reports available with Uganda Radio Network indicate that the peacekeepers have gone without pay since July last year.
 
Felix Kulayigye, the UPDF spokesperson confirmed to URN that the soldiers in Somalia have not been paid since last year. He said the last payment the troops received was for the month of July. He said the delay was because the African Union had not released money to cover the salaries of the soldiers.
 
Kulayigye however said the soldiers were still getting their basic salaries from the UPDF, which he said is deposited on their respective bank accounts.
 
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 It was not immediately possible to verify with the African Union about claims that it has delayed to dispatch money for salaries of the soldiers on the peacekeeping mission. It’s also not clear whether the delayed payment of salaries has affected the entire contingent in the country. The UPDF is serving in Somalia alongside troops from other countries such as Burundi, Djibouti and Kenya.
 
The African Union Mission in Somalia is a regional peacekeeping mission operated by the African Union with the approval of the United Nations. It was created by the African Union’s Peace and Security Council in 2007.