Uganda tops East Africa in military hardware expenditure
Saturday March 17 2018
Uganda People's Defence Force soldiers man Juba International Airport in 2014. Uganda spent $18 million in 2017 against the previous year’s arms purchases that were below $1 million. PHOTO | DPU
Uganda’s expenditure is curious as it fights allegations, alongside Kenya, of secretly arming Juba.
South Sudan — region’s biggest military spender — did not make any purchases.
Head of the Sipri project on military expenditure in the arms transfers and military expenditure programme Sam Perlo-Freeman said that some of these purchases in the region had a direct relation to the conflict in Somalia, where Burundi, Uganda and Kenya are participating in the African Union mission against al-Shabaab.