Uganda’s Chief of Defence Forces Gen David Muhoozi has today 15 August 2017 been briefed on specialised military operations against elements in Somalia.
Brigadier Kayanja Muhanga recently directed UPDF personnel to launch military strikes on Al Shabaab bases following an ambush in which 12 Ugandan soldiers were killed in the war-torn country.
The ambush shocked Uganda and triggered a piercing military investigation into the incident.
Highly placed intelligence sources said Ugandan troops were tactfully withdrawn from the hotspot after realizing that the force was overstretched.
Officials said Gen Muhoozi was received by Brig Kayanja during the visit of UPDF troops under AMISOM.
“He received a briefing on the progress of the counter terrorism operations against the Al Shabaab,” UPDF spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire, who accompanied Muhoozi to Somalia, told ChimpReports.
“He (Muhoozi) commended the soldiers for exemplary performance in the mission area,” he added.
Later in the day, Muhoozi met the AMISOM Force Commander Lt Gen Osman Noor Soubagleh with whom he discussed the future strategy to support the Somalia National Army.
This was Muhoozi’s first official trip to Somalia since his appointment as CDF.
President Museveni and United States military officers have previously urged the strengthening of Somali forces to take charge of their own security.
Al Shabaab extremists have in recent months increased bombings in their areas of operation including the capital Mogadishu.
Karemire said the CDF later met the Special Representative of African Union Chairperson (SRCC) Ambassador Francisco Madeira who commended Uganda for the “positive role in championing peace and security on the African continent.”