Uncertainties Over UPDF Role in Somalia

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The European Union-EU the major funder of AMISOM has announced plans to stop funding the mission.

The future of the Uganda People’s Defense Force contingent under the African Union Mission in Somalia-AMISOM hangs in balance. The European Union-EU the major funder of AMISOM has announced plans to stop funding the mission. Aissatou Hayaton, an official from the directorate of peace and security of the African Union says EU has communicated that it will not fund Mission beyond 2013. Hayaton says the union is now hopping that the United Nations will take over the mission by May 2013 if it’s to remain in Somalia.

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The AU official says the union is hoping to involve the private sector from the confinement in funding some of its activities and peace missions in the near future. The EU spends annually US$10 billion on funding the African Union Mission in Somalia. Each of the soldiers serving in Somalia earns a salary of about US $750 which is drawn from the funding got from the European Union.

Felix Kulaigye, the UPDF spokesman has told URN he is not aware of such development because they have not received any communication that EU is to stop funding the mission. Uganda provides the bulk of the 17,600 strong African Union soldiers deployed to stabilize peace in Somalia