Following the announcement and beginning of a phased withdraw of all Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces’ (UPDF) troops from the Central African Republic on April 19, 2017; Wednesday marked the last arrival of Ugandan troops from CAR.
UPDF deployed in CAR in 2009 and later in 2012 under a resolution of the African Union which created the AU-led Regional Cooperation Initiative for the Elimination of the LRA (RCI-LRA).
The final batch of the troops began trekking from their concentration base in Nzara South Sudan three days ago under the overall command of Brigadier General Richard Otto who has been the Ugandan Contingent commander in CAR.
Contingents of the Central African Armed Forces and the UN’s stabilization force, MINUSCA, remain in eastern Central Africa, to take care of the remaining security challenges in the area where UPDF has been active.
LRA capacity to cause insecurity to Uganda and the region has been greatly degraded although Uganda will keep vigilant on any new capabilities and security threats that LRA may think of at any given moment.
The work done by the gallant soldiers and commanders to keep Uganda and the region safe of any insecurity has been commendable.
The troops have always worked to close any deployment gaps both internally and externally.