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Alleged army smuggling racket between Kisangani and Entebbe

[Cote d'Ivoire] Dr Olivier Oura, the only doctor providing HIV/AIDS support and ARVs in the whole of the Ivorian north east. He is based in Bondoukou.
Olivier Oura, le seul médecin formé pour traiter les personnes vivant avec le VIH/SIDA dans la région (IRIN)

The ‘Sunday Vision’ yesterday reported a “smuggling racket” by members of the Ugandan army between Kisangani and Entebbe ariport. It quoted its sources as saying the illegal trade between the two cities was “monopolised by senior army officers who mostly deal in salt, matchboxes, soap, cigarettes, beer, sugar, electronics and alcohol, but sometimes outrageously bulky merchandise like timber is also airlifted through the airport”. State Minister of Defence Steven Kavuma denied malpractices by Ugandan soldiers. He said the army was in DRC for security reasons, and if any member was found smuggling he would be subjected to “serious disciplinary action”.


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