By Sandra Birungi
Of the four Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) Mi-24 choppers bound for Somalia on Sunday, three crashed on the slopes of Mount Kenya. “As AMISOM continues to expand into open country, the deployment of these long-awaited enablers, authorized under UN Security Council Resolution 2036, remains critical for operational, as well as logistical support and medical evacuation,” he said in a statement obtained by The New Times yesterday.
He added saying, “At this time, our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the bereaved, as well as with the people and Government and security forces of Uganda. We are gravely concerned for the safety of those still unaccounted for and continue to pray that they will be recovered unharmed.”
Two of the dead UPDF soldiers were identified as Capt. William Letti and Lt Patrick Nahamya who were Pilot and Co-Pilot of Helicopter no AF 806, MI 24. The search for the rest of the crew members of this chopper still continues.