The Chief of Defence Forces, Gen David Muhoozi, has told Officers and Militants of Battle Group XX11 and UNGU (United Nations Guard Unit) 1V to observe discipline and keep in line with the right ideology for the success of UPDF’s mission in Somalia.
He said this at the Singo-based Peace and Support Training Centre, in Nakaseke District, as he officiated the send-off ceremony of UPDF troops to Somalia.
Battle Group XX11 will serve under the mandate of the African Union.
The battle-hardened combatants will support the Somali National Army (SNA) in protecting the property and lives of civilians while UNGU 1V will serve under the United Nations mandate when protecting key installations in Somalia.
Gen Muhoozi told troops that the mission they are going for is a workable one since some of their brothers and sisters have already been to Somalia and returned safe.
“Peace and stability are expensive items but Uganda is now exporting them. Go to Somalia and be our ambassador,” said the CDF.
He further urged them to work together because they are going to penetrate an area engulfed with many threats coupled with the absence of a frontline.
“You are not going for a picnic in Somalia. Therefore, be alert and respect the rules of engagement,” he said, adding that it is the duty of Battle Group XX11 and UNGU 1V to keep the Ugandan Flag high.
The CDF appreciated the support from the European Union towards enriching UPDFs’ efforts in the region.
Gen Muhoozi urged the soldiers to have respect for each other since respect starts with an individual.
He explained this analogy citing Mao TSe Tung’s quote, ‘Shame is a revolutionary statement.’
Gen Muhoozi, also cautioned the troops to watch against bad acts like womanizing, buying luxurious cars and clothing, upon their return.
He advised them to invest the money in securing property- real estate and engaging in commercial agriculture.
The UPDF Commander of Land Forces, Maj Gen Peter Elwelu, advised the troops to work hard so as to do a good job for AMISOM.
Brig Jack Bakasumba, Commandant of the Peace and Support Training Centre – Singo, implored the soldiers to use the skills and knowledge acquired during the training to fight better during the protection of themselves and civilians in Somalia.
Colonel Bony Bamwisike is the Commander of Battle Group XX11 while Lt Col Mike Hyroba will command UNGU 1V.