De-mining to take longer Monday (Uganda)

THE de-mining exercise in northern Uganda will take longer to complete owing to the numerous challenges the executing team is facing, a UPDF official has said.


Lt. Godfrey Isingoma, the officer supervising the exercise, said his 21-man team based at Oselel village, Anyara sub-county in kaberamaido district lacks up-to-date maps to properly carry out the exercise.

He said the exercise, launched recently, was being executed slowly and carefully, as it involves clearing the bush before collecting any mines, grenades and/or bombs. Isingoma was briefing UNDP officials about the progress of the de-mining at the team's camp in Oselel village on Friday.

"There is a high ground metal contamination in this area. We are doing both the technical survey and de-mining yet we would only be de-mining," he said.

Isingoma said inadequate medical supplies also slowed down their progress.

Von: By Chris Kiwawulo 17.7.2006

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