Uganda is currently lobbying African Union to intervene following a decision by the European Union to cut funding to Uganda People’s Defence Forces [UPDF] in Somalia.
The European Union in March announced a 20 per cent cut in its support to the UPDF troops fighting under the African Union Mission in Somalia [AMISOM].
Amisom soldiers receive a monthly allowance of $828 (about Shs3m) after their respective governments deduct a $200 (about Shs700,000) administrative cost per soldier.
The cut will leave soldiers earning at least Shs2m per month.
Uganda Foreign Affairs Minister Okello Oryem told KFM that the move is dangerous not only to Somalia but Africa as a continent.
The EU covers the full cost of payments to Amisom soldiers through contributions it makes to the AU.
The EU’s total yearly payments amount to about $200 million.
The AMISOM military component comprises of 22,126 troops drawn from Uganda, Burundi, Djibouti, Kenya and Ethiopia who are deployed in six sectors covering south and central Somalia.
Uganda has the largest contingent of 6,223 troops based in Sector One that covers Banadir (Mogadishu), Middle and Lower Shabelle regions.
Uganda deployed her troops in Somalia in 2007 to fight the Al-shabaab Islamist militants and has since made several strides towards restoration of peace and order.