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Ugandan Ground Forces Commander visits Somalia to assess troop welfare

The purpose of my visit is to congratulate the troops for the excellent work they are doing in Somalia.

MOGADISHU, Somalia, September 28, 2021 / APO Group / –

Ugandan Land Forces Commander (CLF) Lieutenant General Muhoozi Kainerugaba visited Ugandan troops serving in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to assess their well-being and congratulate them for their contribution to the peace support operation.

Lt. Gen. Kainerugaba was in Somalia from September 23 to 27, where he interacted with Ugandan troops involved in ongoing operations to degrade Al-Shabaab and restore peace and stability to the country.

“The purpose of my visit is to congratulate the troops for the excellent work they are doing in Somalia. Second, it’s about talking to them and getting a feel for the issues and challenges they face, ”Lt. Gen. Kainerugaba said, noting that a commander needs to visit troops on the ground, to understand. what the troops are going through.

During his five-day working visit, Lieutenant-General Kainerugaba paid a courtesy visit to the President of Somalia, HE Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed “Farmaajo”, and to the Prime Minister, HE Mohammed Hussein Roble; met with the military leadership of AMISOM and visited various Forward Operating Bases (FOB), where he interacted with Ugandan troops on the front line.

Upon arrival, FCF inspected an honor guard mounted by Ugandan AMISOM troops and then held a closed-door meeting with senior Ugandan army officers, including the Ugandan contingent commander General Brigadier Don William Nabasa and Major General Lucky Joseph. Kidega, Ugandan Defense Advisor in Somalia.

Lieutenant-General Kainerugaba visited Ugandan troops at FOBs in Arbiska, Ceeljaale, Baraawe and Baledogle, where he urged them to maintain a high level of discipline, professionalism and good relations with local communities as they carry out their duties as peacekeepers and advance the mandate of the mission.

“You have to understand that you are the Ugandan ambassadors here in Somalia,” he said, adding, “Do nothing that could discredit the name of Uganda and the UPDF.

Addressing the troops, the CLF said it was impressed with the work they are doing for the Somali people.

He noted that despite many challenges, Ugandan troops serving in the mission had stayed the course, carrying out their duties diligently.

“The impression I have of it is very good and positive. The troops are full of morale, the discipline is unmatched and they are performing extremely well, but with a few challenges, which we will rectify, ”he said.

For his part, the sergeant. General Nabasa thanked the FCF for visiting the troops, saying the gesture would boost morale.

“I want to take this opportunity to welcome you, sir, to the mission area. It is an honor to receive you and to take the time to speak to us. It’s very encouraging and morale-boosting, and it will make our job easier. We will be re-energized to undertake any mission, ”said the brigadier. General Nabasa.

Uganda was the first to deploy troops to the mission in 2007, paving the way for other countries to join, playing a major role in the expulsion of Al-Shabaab from Mogadishu and other parts of the country, thus contributing to the peace and stabilization effort in Somalia.

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