‘More than 1,000 soldiers desert army annually’

UPDF soldiers parade at Kololo Independence Grounds in Kampala during the 50th Independence Day celebrations. MPs have called for increment of soldiers’ salaries to stem desertion. PHOTO BY faiswal kasirye

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According to the army spokesperson, Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda, the assertion by the Ministry of Defence that more than 1,000 soldiers desert the army each year year appears to be “overstated”.

The Ministry of Defence recently told a House committee that more than 1,000 soldiers, in effect, a battalion, desert the army every year, it emerged yesterday.

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