President Yoweri Museveni has hailed the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) soldiers on African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) for the good work done in keeping the country’s stability.
“I want to thank our troops for the good work they are doing in Somalia. They have helped Somalia by fighting the enemy and setting a good example to Somalis, capsule http://copperking.co.zw/components/com_k2/views/item/tmpl/item.php ” said Museveni.
The President who was in Somalia for the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) summit, was visiting Ugandan troops serving under AMISOM at the Halane Base Camp headquarters near Mogadishu International Airport.
Museveni noted that it was the second time he was visiting UPDF troops in Somalia, the first time having been in 2010.
“It is the second time I am visiting our troops in Somalia. The first time was in November 2010 when our troops were involved in a fierce battle for the liberation of Mogadishu from Al-Shabaab bandits,” he said adding that “by July 2011, we had driven them (Al-Shabaab) out of Mogadishu.”
Uganda which was the first country to deploy troops under AMISOM into Somalia in March 2007, currently has over 6,000 soldiers and officers from UPDF serving with 10,000-strong AMISOM mission, along with troops from Burundi and Djibouti.