The Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) have deployed more troops to Somalia as part of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) on Monday, December 12, 2022.
The troops were composed of about 1556 UPDF officers and men under UGABAG XXXVII and they are to replace UGABAG XXXIV in Somalia.
They were flagged off by the UPDF Chief of Defense Forces (CDF), Gen. Wilson Mbadi, at the Peace Support Operations Centre (PSOC), Ssingo Barracks, Nakaseke District.
While addressing the forces, Gen. Mbadi challenged them to observe the UPDF core values of pan-Africanism, patriotism, discipline, and good fighting as they are executing their duties in Somalia since they are the pillars that have made the UPDF a unique force on the African Continent.
“You have been ably trained, and we are satisfied about your readiness, so we ask for nothing else but exceptional performance. The Somali people have their own culture, and this is the reason you undergo vigorous training before you are deployed. Therefore, work harder to consolidate your predecessor’s achievements,” Gen. Mbadi said.
Lt. Gen. Kayanja Muhanga, UPDF Commander Land Force (CLF), who also witnessed the flag-off ceremony, cautioned the troops to be professional and refrain from reckless behaviour that could expose them to diseases such as HIV/AIDS and COVID-19, which are still prevalent in communities.
“This Army is built on a bedrock of ideological orientation to produce cadres who will remain cautious while doing their work. The mission calls for professionalism and discipline at all levels while diligently executing your duties,” Lt. Gen. Kayanja said.
The ceremony was attended by different dignitaries from the UPDF, government representatives, local leaders, Global Peace Initiative partners, and others.