Mozambique blocks delivery of OTT Pumas for UN Mali mission

31 March 2014

The delivery of 115 mine-protected OTT Puma M36 armoured vehicles ordered for the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) has been delayed due to claims of business irregularities.

The order was placed by Dyncorp International, which has a USD173 million contract from the US Department of State under its African Peacekeeping Programme (AFRICAP). OTT decided that its OTT Mozambique subsidiary would assemble the vehicles at its plant outside Maputo from kits manufactured in South Africa.

The first batch of 16 vehicles has now been completed, but was seized by Mozambique officials who claim, among other things, that OTT has not complied with customs, tax and other regulations.

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