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.
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