Uganda suspends 15 officers over sex abuse

2014-11-06 20:47

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Kampala - The Ugandan army has suspended 15 senior officers over allegations that African Union (AU) troops have sexually abused women in Somalia, an army spokesperson told dpa on Thursday.

The suspended officers commanded the Ugandan contingent of AU troops drawn from six nations that are helping the Somali government combat the radical Islamist group al-Shabaab.

Army spokesperson Paddy Ankunda told the newspaper Daily Monitor the army was investigating "the general performance of the force", including the sex abuse allegations.

The AU has also sent a team to Somalia to investigate the allegations made by the rights group Human Rights Watch, which said women had been abused by soldiers from Uganda and Burundi.

Soldiers raped or sexually assaulted women seeking medical assistance or water at AU military bases in Mogadishu, Human Rights Watch said after interviewing 21 victims and dozens of witnesses.

Read more on:    somalia  |  east africa

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