Brig Kabango tours UPDF bases in Somalia

The contingent commander of the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) under the African Union Mission in Somalia  (AMISOM) Brig Michael Kabango, visited troops in Barawe and Maryan Gubay Forward Operating Bases this week, to check their operational readiness.

The troops in Battle Group XXIV are part of the African Union forces, deployed in Sector I, in Somalia’s Lower Shabelle region.

Brig Kabango who succeeded Brig Paul Lokech as contingent commander in December 2018, encouraged the troops to work closely with host communities in their Areas of Operation.

“Do not lose touch with the population,” he urged them.

In Barawe, he toured Barawe Airfield, where a runaway is presently under construction, with funding through the Federal Government of Somalia under the Somali Stability Fund (SSF).

He was flanked by Col. Topher Magino, the commander of the Ugandan Battle Group XXVI and other officials.

The battle group commander said his troops were working with the Somali security forces to end extortion of local residents by Al-Shabaab militants.

“Al-Shabaab are facing financial constraints since most of the coastal cities which they used to bring in illegal supplies were captured and most of the towns are now under the control of the Federal Government. They have resorted to manning checkpoints to extort money from residents and are also using other unscrupulous means, to collect revenue illegally, to sustain themselves,” said Col Magino.

Working jointly with the Somali National Army, the battle group has been instrumental in securing main supply routes, carrying out patrols, clearing roadside Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and escorting humanitarian convoys in their area of operation.

Brig Kabango is on a familiarization tour of all AMISOM Forward Operating Bases in Sector I.