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Uganda hauls back two dozen Somalia peacekeepers over scam
Reuters ^ | Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:28am EDT | Elias Biryabarema

Posted on 09/19/2013 7:24:55 PM PDT by Pan_Yan

(Reuters) - Uganda has recalled the commander of its peacekeeping force in Somalia and almost two dozen other officers suspected of involvement in a scam to steal food and fuel and sell it on the black market.

Lt Colonel Paddy Ankunda, military spokesman, said the officers had been placed under "open arrest", which will restrict their movements pending the investigation.

If the alleged racket is proven, it would underscore how embedded corruption, including among senior officers, is within a military infamous for taking the pay of "ghost soldiers" and money for helicopters which turned out to be junk.


Ugandan troops form the backbone of the African Union's 18,000-strong peacekeeper mission in Somalia which has spearheaded the offensive against al Qaeda-linked militants in the Horn of Africa country since 2007.

It was not clear how long the alleged scam had been running, nor how much money had been netted.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: africa; corruption; somalia; uganda; un; unpeacekeepers
United Nations Peacekeepers from African Union countries paid by the European Union to keep peace in a state that failed over 20 years ago.

What could possibly go wrong?

1 posted on 09/19/2013 7:24:55 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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