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U.S. Bolsters UPDF Operations in Somalia

Brig. Sam Okiding inspecting the equipment given by Department of State to Sector one on December 31, 2016

The Government of the United States of America, medical http://dakarlives.com/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/wc-term-functions.php through the Department of State, http://celesteanddanielle.com/wp-content/plugins/google-analyticator/google-api-php-client/src/contrib/google_oauth2service.php on December 31, http://cinemalogue.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/class.frame-nonce-preview.php 2016, handed over non-lethal equipment to support the Ugandan Military Contingent in Somalia.

The equipment support worth billions of Ugandan shillings included two dozers, four motor graders, four Compact rollers and four front-end loaders.

Others are two trailer tractors, two low bed vehicles, four recovery trucks, two tele-handlers and an assortment of spare parts.

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The site coordinator at the Department of State, Mr James Watters, handed over the equipment on behalf of the Government of U.S.

He reiterated US government “continued support to AMISOM in the fight against terrorism” and commended the good works of the African Union peacekeepers in support of the Federal Government of Somalia.

The Uganda Contingent Commander in AMISOM, Brig Sam Okiding, received the items on behalf of Uganda at the African Union’s Halane camp in Mogadishu, Somalia.

He appreciated the continued support from the US Government towards the fight against terrorism in Somalia and to the UPDF in particular.

He noted that the machinery donated is enough to establish a ‘Mission Enabling Unit’ that could carry out various infrastructural projects in Somalia to enhance peace and security.

“These machines will help in the rebuilding and maintenance of the main supply routes used by the AU forces. This will enhance free movement and safe passage, hence facilitating humanitarian activities, governance and Somalia’s recovery process,” said Brig Okiding.

This support comes only a few months after USA again supported the Ugandan forces in Somalia with a donation of several Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles which officials say have greatly enhanced AMISOM operations.

Other MRAP vehicles were delivered to facilitate training in Peace Support Operation Centre in Nakaseke district.

Officials say the US Government is a key contributor to the UPDF in several fields like equipment support and training among others.

“This has impacted positively in the capacity building and professionalization within the UPDF and significantly contributed to the Ugandan Government’s regional peace endeavors and the fight against terrorism,” said Major Robert Kamara, Public Information Officer, Uganda Contingent.

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