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Ministry of Defence Press Release

Ministry of Defence Press Release

It has come to the attention of authorities at the Ministry of Defence (MoD) that RSLAF soldiers deployed with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have been issuing authorizations to their spouses and dependants to withdraw large amounts of money from their Foreign Currency Accounts at the Union Trust Bank (UTB) at a very alarming rate. These allocations are done with good intentions for spouses/dependants to engage in commercial activities or solve welfare problems. There is a tendency for spouses and other dependants to misuse such withdrawals, and such financial losses would have a telling effect on troops on their return home. The cumulative effect of this would weigh heavily on the morale and effectiveness of soldiers in carrying out their Military duties.  Whilst we recognize the fact that every person has the right and freedom to operate his/her personal account as he/she chooses, it is equally the responsibility of the MoD/RSLAF leadership to ensure that soldiers realize the benefit of their service on peacekeeping missions and improve their livelihoods when they shall have returned home.

The MoD therefore informs spouses, dependants and other potential beneficiaries that effective 1st December 2013, withdrawals from Foreign Currency accounts will be limited to US $ 200 dollars per man for each month. Authorizations for withdrawals must be subject for endorsement by the MoD before submission to UTB for action. This will instill maximum control and ensure constant monitoring on how soldiers are spending their mission allowances whilst they are still deployed. We thank you all for your understanding and cooperation.

Signed:  MM SAMURA, Colonel
Director of Defence Public Relations and Information 

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