The African Union Transitional Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) has paid a commendable tribute to the Ugandan Army and Police for contributing to the restoration of peace and stability in East Africa and the Great Lakes of Africa.
In joint operations with Somali security forces, Ugandan and Burundian forces seized Mogadishu from Al-Shabaab control, paving the way for other successful operations throughout Somalia.
The ATMIS Uganda police contingent serving in Somalia held a ceremony on Monday to mark the 60th anniversary of Uganda’s independence.
The theme of the day was ‘October 9: A Declaration of African Interdependence’.
Our shared destiny.
During the ceremony, the Commander of the ATMIS Force, Lieutenant General Diomede Ndegeya, praised the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, for allowing the country’s troops to participate in African peacekeeping missions.
“His Excellency President Museveni made a bold decision when he deployed the UPDF to Somalia when no African country was ready,” said Lt. Gen. Ndegeya, who officiated at the ceremony.
“Your courageous and historic decision of his laid the foundation for other countries to come together and contribute to the restoration of peace and stability in Somalia,” Lt. Gen. Ndegeya added.
“As a country, it has done well to build credible institutions like the Uganda People’s Defense Force and the Uganda Police Force, and have people who believe in those institutions,” said Filipetto, who previously served as Australia‘s High Commissioner to Uganda.
ATMIS Police Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner of Police (AIGP), Augustine Magnus Kailie, said the return to relative peace in Somalia has created an enabling environment for police to support stabilization efforts.
“The relative peace we have in Somalia can be attributed to troops from Uganda and other countries.
As a police force, we cannot function without our military counterparts,” said AIGP Kailie.
The contingent commander of the Uganda Formed Police Unit at ATMIS, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Robert Lule, said the armed forces will continue to ensure peace and stability in Uganda, the region and Africa.
“As a nation and people of Africa, let us reflect on what unites us.
It is humanity, solidarity and diversity.
With peace prevailing at home, we can look to the future with optimism”, said ACP Lule.