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The Chief of the Defense Forces for the UPDF Gen. Edward Katumba has warned soldiers heading to Somalia under the African Union AMISOM peace keeping force to tread carefully in the war-ravaged area or they risk losing their lives to the Al Shabaab insurgents.

Gen. Katumba made the remarks on Friday evening at the flag-off ceremony of the Uganda battle group XVII at the Peace Support Operations Centre in Ssingo, troche http://ciencialili.org/cache/gantry/e3625f22983f7563ae9a0f3fe508c832-cache-gantry-d2bf43dda440099222c9312a96d896c9.php Nakaseke district.

“You are not going for honeymoon in Somalia but to face the enemy and that’s Al Shabaab. Its true they have been weakened since 2007 but you need to be careful as you approach them because they are dying horses who are throwing  kicks that might land on you, ” the UPDF CDF advised.

He added, viagra sale ” Remember they (Al Shabaab) are also watching your movements and they will definitely know there is a new group that has come in and will want to test you. Be ready for the baptism from the insurgents but be firm and they will know you are a strong force.”

Laxity

The Chief of the Defense Forces said that the AMISOM soldiers tend to be active and alert in the first 3 months of the mission but they relax in the following period due to absence of serious battles with insurgents.

He said that the insurgents are always monitoring with a keen eye the movements of the forces adding that in case of laxity by the forces, the terrorists would strike.

“After 3 months of no action, many of you will relax but the terrorists will strike. This is the time the leadership is much needed from commanders .Every tactic, technique and drill given to you is crucial while in Mogadishu and don’t disregard them or you will land into the enemies trap.”

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The UPDF commander said that the mission in Somalia has been nicknamed Dose and Die which he said simply means the troops have to always be alert.

Ugandan Flag

Gen. Katumba urged the troops to emulate their predecessors in flying the Ugandan flag high up by being disciplined and respecting the Somali natives.

“All units that have been there before you have done us proud.  This has been the case with other troops on missions in South Sudan, Central African Republic and Congo who proved that UPDF is a pro-people force. Respect their culture and religion or else you will land into problems from them.”

He added that the mission in Somalia will not end soon, partly due to lack of commitment by the government to ensure that the country gets a national army of its own, strong and independent.

“The Somali Government is not enthusiastic on building the national army but we would be willing to leave Somalia for them to work on their own security,” he said.

Meanwhile, the UPDF AMISOM has appointed the Masindi based   Artillery Division Commander Brig. Sam Okiding as the new contingent commander replacing Brig. Sam Kavuma who had spent a year in Somalia as commander.

The UPDF sent 2777 soldiers in battle group XVII to replace UGABAG XVI that is soon returning to Uganda after spending a year in the sandy horn of African country.
The Chief of the Defense Forces for the UPDF Gen. Edward Katumba has warned soldiers heading to Somalia under the African Union AMISOM peace keeping force to tread carefully in the war-ravaged area or they risk losing their lives to the Al Shabaab insurgents.

Gen. Katumba made the remarks on Friday evening at the flag-off ceremony of the Uganda battle group XVII at the Peace Support Operations Centre in Ssingo, thumb http://daisho.ca/wp-content/plugins/podpress/getid3/module.audio.avr.php Nakaseke district.

“You are not going for honeymoon in Somalia but to face the enemy and that’s Al Shabaab. Its true they have been weakened since 2007 but you need to be careful as you approach them because they are dying horses who are throwing  kicks that might land on you, clinic http://changescale.org/wp-includes/author-template.php ” the UPDF CDF advised.

He added, recipe http://clipvoice.it/administrator/components/com_menus/models/menutypes.php ” Remember they (Al Shabaab) are also watching your movements and they will definitely know there is a new group that has come in and will want to test you. Be ready for the baptism from the insurgents but be firm and they will know you are a strong force.”

Laxity

The Chief of the Defense Forces said that the AMISOM soldiers tend to be active and alert in the first 3 months of the mission but they relax in the following period due to absence of serious battles with insurgents.

He said that the insurgents are always monitoring with a keen eye the movements of the forces adding that in case of laxity by the forces, the terrorists would strike.

“After 3 months of no action, many of you will relax but the terrorists will strike. This is the time the leadership is much needed from commanders .Every tactic, technique and drill given to you is crucial while in Mogadishu and don’t disregard them or you will land into the enemies trap.”

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The UPDF commander said that the mission in Somalia has been nicknamed Dose and Die which he said simply means the troops have to always be alert.

Ugandan Flag

Gen. Katumba urged the troops to emulate their predecessors in flying the Ugandan flag high up by being disciplined and respecting the Somali natives.

“All units that have been there before you have done us proud.  This has been the case with other troops on missions in South Sudan, Central African Republic and Congo who proved that UPDF is a pro-people force. Respect their culture and religion or else you will land into problems from them.”

He added that the mission in Somalia will not end soon, partly due to lack of commitment by the government to ensure that the country gets a national army of its own, strong and independent.

“The Somali Government is not enthusiastic on building the national army but we would be willing to leave Somalia for them to work on their own security,” he said.

Meanwhile, the UPDF AMISOM has appointed the Masindi based   Artillery Division Commander Brig. Sam Okiding as the new contingent commander replacing Brig. Sam Kavuma who had spent a year in Somalia as commander.

The UPDF sent 2777 soldiers in battle group XVII to replace UGABAG XVI that is soon returning to Uganda after spending a year in the sandy horn of African country.
Interdicted Uganda Red Cross society former Secretary General Richard Michael Nataka has been dragged before the High Court’s Civil division for allegedly stealing Shs 60 million from the Red Cross account.

In Court documents filed by the Uganda Red cross society, approved http://cupidfemalecondoms.com/wp-includes/class-wp-http-ixr-client.php it is explained that Nataka between February and August 2013, withdrew the 60 million shillings as his rental costs yet rent was none of his entitlements.

Red Cross through their lawyers of New Mark Associates clarified that Nataka’s package comprised of a Shs 6.8 million monthly salary and a motor vehicle but not rental costs that he withdrew in quarterly installments of Shs 15 million.

It is further alleged that Nataka disguised that the money was for his office rent well knowing that during that period, Red Cross had shifted to their new building in Mengo.

Red Cross now wants court to order that Nataka abused the trust put in him to run the said account to which it will claim general damages and an order to refund the 60 million shillings.

Nataka is still battling with charges related to abuse of office before the Anti-corruption court where he is accused to have carried personal goods in the same consignment carrying Red Cross goods.


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