Ugandan AU troopers charged with killing civilians in Somalia

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Ugandan troops stationed in Somalia have been charged with the homicide of Somali civilians, the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) mentioned.

Five Ugandan troopers serving within the Somalia mission have been discovered responsible of killing seven civilians, together with two on dying row and the opposite three to 39 years in jail every, AMISOM mentioned.

“After sitting from November 2 to 12, 2021 and considering all the facts, including witness statements, the court martial on November 12, 2021 found the soldiers guilty of killing civilians,” a press release from the AMISOM revealed on Saturday night.

Kampala has taken authorized motion within the Somali capital Mogadishu after allegations of civilian casualties within the city of Golweyn emerged in August this 12 months. The troopers shall be repatriated to Uganda to serve their sentence.

AMISOM has some 20,000 troops deployed in Somalia to combat an insurgency led by Al-Shabaab terrorists. Although militants linked to Al Qaeda have been pushed out of Mogadishu ten years in the past, they proceed to perform lethal assaults within the capital and elsewhere.

“Our mission in Somalia is to degrade Al-Shabaab and other armed groups. In doing so, we have an absolute responsibility to protect the civilian population, ”mentioned Brigadier General Don Nabasa, commander of the Ugandan contingent.

This just isn’t the primary time that Ugandan troopers in Somalia have been implicated in unlawful actions. Human rights teams have alleged circumstances of sexual misconduct and killings of civilians, however when investigations have been carried out by AMISOM, troopers are systematically exonerated.

In 2016, 9 Ugandan troopers have been convicted of illegally promoting gasoline for AMISOM to civilians – the primary time such a case had been tried in Somalia for the reason that deployment of the AU mission in 2007 .

In 2013, Uganda recalled 24 officers, together with contingent commander Brigadier Michael Ondoga, for allegedly promoting meals rations for troopers. Ondoga was exonerated by a navy court docket in 2015.

Kenyan officers have additionally been charged with or cashing in on the unlawful charcoal commerce in southern Somalia.

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