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Uganda

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 22nd October 2018.

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Photo of Paul Williams Paul Williams Labour, Stockton South 12:00 am, 22nd October 2018

What military support the UK provides to Uganda.

Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The majority of UK military support to Uganda involves training for the African Union mission to Somalia, which includes training officer cadets at Sandhurst and senior officers at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom.

Photo of Paul Williams Paul Williams Labour, Stockton South

Ugandan soldiers recently tortured five Members of Parliament, including the pop star Bobi Wine, and dozens of others. Two of those MPs might never walk again. Why is the UK training those Ugandan forces at Sandhurst?

Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

We are not training those Ugandan forces. Let me be absolutely clear about this Government’s condemnation of the actions involving those Members of Parliament. The Ministry of Defence does not engage with the special forces command, which operates separately from the mainstream Ugandan people’s defence force. It was the special forces command that was involved in that incident.