A UPDF officer attached to Air force has petitioned President Yoweri Museveni who also doubles as the Commander In Chief to come to his rescue so as Shs 17m compensation money be paid. The worrying officer has been identified as RA/147864 WO11 Opaarm Ronald 46 years, working in Meteorology under Air force.
Opaarm claims while serving in Somalia under AMISOM in 2014 sustained several injuries on his left leg while pursuing the Alshabab terrorists in Somalia. He was later rushed to Nairobi Hospital in Kenya where he spent two months undergoing treatment and he was later discharged uncompensated.
The still serving officer adds that after a few months, he was re-admitted to the same hospital for repairs and reviews before he was sent back to Uganda. “Since 2015 update I have been walking on clutches with a lot of pain,” he says during an interview.
The paining officer further says that since May 2015 all his allowances and other benefits stopped coming without official communication. “In November 2015, I travelled to Bombo to follow up my claims but officers in Finance department kept tossing me up and down,” he further states.
Apaarm added that in 2016, he contracted lawyers from Sserwadda and co advocates to help him in pursing his compensation and damages he suffered. He said his layers wrote to LT Col Rutaremwa the Amisom Commander by then who assured them that his issues will be handled shortly.
According to the letter we obtained, Lt Col Rutaremwa wrote to Finance Officer AMISOM to verify APaarm claims and take action. “Following LT Col Rutaremwa’s instructions Finance people declined to pay my allowances,” says Apaarm.
The officer further narrated to us that in May 2016, he again wrote to Commander Land Forces, Chief of Defense Forces for their assistance but up to now no help has been given to him.
I have failed to get any help from UPDF which I have served for several years. I now appeal to the President to come for my rescue,” he says.
When contacted UPDF Spokesperson Brig. Richard Karemire he says the Officer must have been examined by doctors from African Union to establish the level of injuries and he can be compensated.
“All officers who sustain injuries while in AMISOM are treated and examined by doctors from African Union before they are compensated,” said Brig. Karemire adding that if he wants his compensation, he must first be examined by doctors from AU.