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Over 2,000 UPDF leave for Somalia

By Andante Okanya

Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) Gen David Muhoozi, presided over the ceremony.

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Chief of defense forces, David Muhoozi addresses the Ugandan contingent battle group XXII and United Nations Guard Unit (UNGU) during their send off for deployment on a peace keeping mission in Somalia at the Peace Support Operation Training Centre in Singo, Kapeka, Nakaseke district, July 14, 2017. Photos by Maria Wamala

A batch of over 2,000 Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF), has left for Somalia to beef up the African Union backed Africa Mission to Somalia(AMISOM).

The troops were seen off on Friday at the Peace Support Operation Training Centre in Singo, Kapeka, Nakaseke district. Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) Gen David Muhoozi, presided over the ceremony.

The troops, categorised as Battle Group XXII and United Nations Guard Unit IV(UNGU IV), will join other troops in the UN funded mission.

Others in attendance were Land Forces commander Maj Gen Peter Elwelu, army spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire, and Battle Group XXII commander Col Bony Bamwiseki, among others.

Muhoozi tasked the troops to maintain UPDF’s solid reputation of successful combat operations, and the unwavering commitment to African solidarity.

Source: Saturday Vision