Commander of the Land Forces Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba has come out to explain why the UPDF is still deployed in Somalia.

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Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba Explains Why The UPDF Is Still In Somalia

Commander of the Land Forces Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba has come out to explain why the UPDF is still deployed in Somalia.

Muhoozi said that they are there to restore peace and not just talk shows.

The UPDF which was deployed in the Horn of Africa years back under the AMISOM has been at the forefront of fighting Islamist militants, the Al Shabaab.

Muhoozi emphasized that they are therefore after peace and not a treasure hunt.

“The reason for fighting the Al Shabaab in Somalia is primarily peace. We are not here for money, oil, diamond’s or gold. Some people may think that is our purpose but we are here to help our brothers and sisters achieve peace because we can’t afford to continue seeing them suffering.” Lt Gen Muhoozi said.

He made the comments on the 25th of August 2021 while speaking to 2,127 troops at Ssingo Peace Support Training Centre (PSO-TC) in Nakaseke district.

This facility belongs to the Battlegroup 33 and they are set to be deployed in Somalia soon.

The Commander also went ahead to praise the soldiers for accepting this humanitarian call of serving their country.

“I really want to appreciate you for your determination and courage not only to serve your country but also a brotherly fellow African country,” Muhoozi added.

He gave an example of a businessman who foregoes his own personal business interest saying that for soldiers it’s different because they sacrifice their own life.

It’s confirmed that 1,846 of the 2,127 soldiers have been partaking in pre-mission training at the facility and will he deployed to Somalia earlier next month.

Uganda has now spent 14 years in the war-torn country having been the first country to deploy her troops there in 2007 under the AMISOM.

The impressive exploits of the UPDF in Somalia led to the arrival of other troops from Kenya, Burundi and Ethiopia.

The UPDF has the largest control area in Somalia after it was deployed in Sector One in Benadir which has 16 districts.

The area also includes Banadir and Lower Shabelle regions and this has pushed the Al Shabaab a further 200km from the capital Mogadishu.

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