UPDF B15 not paid 7 months allowance


CDF Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala receiving battle group 15 from Somalia over the weekend [New Vision photo]

The Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF) Battle Group 15 [B15] has returned home after a peacekeeping mission.

The group commanded by Col. Silvio is part of the contingent fighting under African Union Mission in Somalia [AMISOM] against Al-Shabaab militants.

The group comprising of about 1,800 soldiers was over the weekend received by the Commander of Defense Forces (CDF), Gen. Katumba Wamala, at Singo Urban Military Training school.

Katumba confessed that the soldiers have not been paid allowances for over seven months.

AMISOM soldiers are paid Shs3.3m monthly by African Union.

Out of this, Shs66,1559 is deducted to support the cost of administration.

Katumba is quoted by the state-run New Vision saying the delaying soldiers salaries affects their morale and undermines the essence of the mission which puts civilians lives at stake.

The budget proposal for 2016/17, according to Katumba, doesn’t indicate that the UPDF salaries will be increased as earlier requested.

In 2013, government increased UPDF salaries by 4% with the least paid solider earning Shs310, 000 up from Shs290,000.

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