More UPDF soldiers leave for Somalia

At least 270 UPDF soldiers were on Monday, July 16, commissioned to join the African Union peace keeping mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

The soldiers are under Battle Group XXV (BGXXV) and United Nations Guard Unit (UNGU V) were flagged off by the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) Gen David Muhoozi at the Peace support operations training centre – Singo in Nakaseke district.

BG XXV will be charged with the responsibility of sustaining peace and stability in Somalia under AMISOM while UNGU V will be protecting key United Nations (UN) and Federal government of Somalia (FGS) vital installations, UN personnel, escorting VIPs, among others.

Gen Muhoozi warned both BGXXV and UNGU V to live up to their expectations since life in the mission area is not a picnic but a mission that demands hard work and keeping keen adherence to rules of engagement.

“The Somalia Mission demands both discipline and sacrifice for one to be successful. Therefore, work hard while there and don’t let down Uganda,” Gen Muhoozi told the soldiers.

He said, UPDF’s presence in Somalia is in line with its Pan-Africanist ideology of supporting fellow Africans whenever called upon.

He cautioned soldiers going for the peace keeping mission in Somalia to make sure that they come back as healthy as they have gone since UPDF as an institution has already invested so much in them.

Muhoozi further urged the soldiers to avoid negative propaganda while in Somalia for the success of the mission. “Avoiding propaganda will make you winners and carry the Ugandan Flag higher,” he said.
He also implored the soldiers to make sure that they look after their families back home through the available mechanisms to ensure family stability.

The Commander Land Forces Maj Gen Peter Elwelu reminded the soldiers that Somalia is a fighting area that calls for disciplined and professional soldiers.

BG XXV will be commanded by Col Paul Muwanguzi and deputised by Lt Col CK Asiimwe while Col Stuart Agaba will command UNGU V and deputised by Maj Edward Mugisha.