UPDF soldiers arrested in Somalia for selling military gear

Somali media reported that the national police had arrested five African Union troops and ten Somali nationals in Mogadishu on Sunday.

Somali National News Agency [SONNA] reported that the troops from Uganda and Burundi were arrested while selling fuel and other military equipment in a garage in Mogadishu Banadir neighbourhood.

“We arrested five AMISOM soldiers and ten Somali nationals while selling military equipment including communication gadgets, weapon storage devices and fuel,” Somali Police Commissioner Major General Mohamed Hassan told SONNA.

Internal Security minister Abdirizack Omar who also spoke to the media has promised no stone will remain unturned as far as the case is concerned.

“We will pursue there motives and we will not rest until the end,” he said.


Chief justice said he will immediately open the case and the suspects will be brought before the court as soon as possible.

AMISOM in a series of tweets said it had been made aware of allegations on Social Media against some of its troops claimed to had been arrested selling equipment.

“We are in touch with the Somali Police Force to establish the veracity of these claims,” the mission said.

In 2014, 13 UPDF officers were arrested and held at Makindye Military barracks over alleged sell of food and fuel in Somalia in 2013.

They included the former Ugandan contingent commander, Brig Michael Ondoga, Lt Col David Matua, Capt Ssenyonga, Maj Kirabo, Lt Zirussoka Nzabasajja, Lt Felix Ahumuza, Lt Ssebide, Maj Seguya, and LCPL Maruya.

Brig Ondoga, Lt Sam Kirya and Capt Joy Atugonza were arrested in 2013.

It is alleged that in October 2012, Brig Ondoga, while aware of an impending advance operation from Afgooye-Baidoa which required 1,500 troops, committed 1,000 troops which resulted into loss of lives and also diverted 5,000 litres of fuel, thereby endangering the operational efficiency.


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