Former soldier accuses army of neglect, Demands Shs1billion compensation

Former soldier accuses army of neglect, Demands Shs1billion compensation

Stephen Senfuma was a UPDF officer who dedicated his life to defending the country’s territory against external aggression.

However, in 2002 he was shot and seriously wounded.

“I was shot at when we fell in an ambush while on duty. Since then I never understood anything because the bullet went inside up to the backbone. I was even shot in the arm,” narrates Senfuma before saying that “My dismissal in the army came after the complications I got due to the bullet wounds.”

“While on treatment, he was retired against his will in 2008.”

“The Korean Doctor told me that the drug am supposed to take costs Shs30,000 daily.”

Upon knowing the cost he wrote to Gen Salim Saleh who responded by saying; “He Senfuma has encountered difficulties in terms of medical services while at home. This is therefore to suggest that he be reinstated in UPDF under Chieftaincy Mubende Reception centre as to access treatment.”

He then presented the issue to Gen Katumba Wamala who responded in July 2016 by saying that; “The solider should be given a letter to enable him access the nearest military medical facility and check about circumstances surrounding his retirement.”

Senfuma he is seeking help and has appealed to the Commander-in-Chief Yoweri Museveni to come to his rescue.

I request the president to put in effort because we are suffering. I know the president doesn’t know, he think all is good but we are suffering. We don’t get what he thinks we get.”

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the Rwenzori region was under the clutches of a rebellion as the Allied Democratic Forces, a rebel group with a safe haven in the DRC engaged the UPDF.