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Ugandan troops in Somalia celebrate independence anniversary

We would also like to thank our Somali brothers and sisters for their cooperation in the peacebuilding process as mandated by the African Union.

MOGADISHU, Somalia, October 11, 2021 / APO Group / –

Ugandan troops serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) celebrated the country’s 59th independence anniversary on Saturday. Uganda provides both police and military personnel to AMISOM.

Representatives of the Somali federal government and senior AMISOM leaders attended the celebrations in Mogadishu, Somalia.

AMISOM Deputy Chief Simon Mulongo highlighted the excellent relations between Uganda and Somalia. He said that at the time of its glory, Somalia supported many African countries, including Uganda, which is now home to a large population of Somalis.

“When Uganda experienced instability among its own people, those who fought from Tanzania against the Idi Amin era in the early and mid-1970s, it was Somalia that became a major arbiter and cooled the war between the Ugandan and Tanzanian governments, says Mulongo.

AMISOM Force Commander Lt. Gen. Diomede Ndegeya noted that Uganda has made bold strides in terms of progress, creating stability.

He praised President Yoweri Museveni’s decision to deploy Ugandan troops to Somalia, noting that Uganda was the first country to deploy troops for the Mission, encouraging others to join in and support “the noble cause of the restoration of security and stability in Somalia ”.

“As a mission, we salute and celebrate Uganda’s contributions to the stabilization of Somalia and thank the Ugandan people and government for their exemplary role in contributing to security and stability in Africa,” said Lieutenant-General Ndegeya.

Governor of the Lower Shabelle region, Abdulkadir Mohamed Nur Siidi, speaking on behalf of the government of Somalia and the South West State, thanked Uganda for its Pan-Africanism in deploying troops to Somalia.

“You have made great contributions and sacrifices to Somalia and for that we will never forget,” he said.

AMISOM Police Commissioner AIGP Augustine Kailie noted that although Uganda has experienced periods of turbulence since independence, he has stood united and urged the peacekeepers to stand firm.

The Ugandan contingent commander of AMISOM, Brigadier. General Nabasa noted that Uganda has a lot in common with many African countries, including Somalia, whose history has been characterized by civil war, stressing that what unites all is the Pan-African spirit. .

“As a Ugandan contingent in Somalia, we would also like to thank our Somali brothers and sisters for their cooperation in the peacebuilding process as mandated by the African Union,” he added.

The Head of Planning and Operations of the AU Peace Support Operations Division (PSOD), Brig. General Michael Kabango; Uganda’s defense adviser in Somalia, Major General Lucky Kidega; and the Somali police commissioner, Major General Abdi Hassan Mohamed.

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