An assortment of over 40 tons weapons suspected to be headed for South Sudan has landed at Entebbe International Airport aboard a Russian civilian aircraft, an Ilyushin II – 76TD – 90VD on Tuesday this week according to the source from the airport.
It is said that, the shipment consisted of 31 tons of AK-47 rifles, bayonets, extra magazines and other weapons. Among the same consignment, there was also another 12 tons of what was termed as hazardous cargo.
Upon arrival at the airport, the heavy shipment was then loaded on waiting vehicles and driven away in the direction of Kampala.
“The consignment reached here early on Tuesday and was promptly taken out of the place,” a source at the airport said.
According to highly placed sources within security, the use of security equipment and military hardware company, Bosasy Logistics Limited, which in 2016 was named by the United Nation’s report as one of the suppliers of arms to the embargoed South Sudan; coupled with the involvement of the Russian Embassy in Kampala could be a hint that the large shipment was headed for Juba.
On 7th August 2017, the Russian Embassy in a letter to the South Sudanese Embassy in Kampala requested for the permission for their civil aircraft to use the volatile nation’s airspace on Tuesday this week.
“The Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Uganda presents its compliments to the Embassy of the Republic of South Sudan in the Republic of Uganda and has honor to request a permit for a Russian civil aircraft IL-76TD-90VD, belonging to Volga-Dnper Airlines, to overfly the territory of the Republic of South Sudan on August 29, 2017,” part of the letter from Russian Embassy said.