Ugandan AU Soldiers Convicted For Running Fuel Racket

Ugandan AU soldiers convicted for running fuel racket

KAMPALA, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 17th Augst,2016) - Nine Ugandan soldiers have been jailed for illegally selling fuel meant for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), an army spokesman said Wednesday. "The soldiers were part of a racket that was selling fuel to civilians in Somalia," said Henry Obbo, Uganda's deputy military spokesman. He said the convicted men included two majors.

"The sentences range from one year to three years," Obbo said, to be served in Kampala after which three of the soldiers will be "dismissed from the army with disgrace" while the others will be demoted.

The nine were found guilty by a Ugandan court martial sitting in Mogadishu, the first time such a case has been tried in Somalia since the AU mission deployed nine years ago. "The prosecution has proved all the accusations of pursuing personal interest and endangering operational efficiency beyond reasonable doubt," said General Dick Olum, chairman of the court martial, according to an AMISOM statement.