By Kampala Post Reporter
NAKASEKE. The Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), Gen David Muhoozi has urged new African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) soldiers under Uganda Battle Group Twenty six (UGBAG XXVI) to ensure vigilance and maintain discipline during their mission to the horn of Africa nation.
Gen Muhoozi made the remarks at Peace Support Operations and Training Centre (PSO-TC) in Singo, Nakaseke District on Thursday as he flagged off the soldiers.
UGBAG-XXVI, under the command of Col Toffa Magino will be deployed in Somalia with intent of neutralizing Al-Shabaab threats and help restore peace and stability in the country.
“Fighting in Somalia is not a picnic. Dose and Al-Shabaab will finish you,” Gen Muhoozi cautioned soldiers.
He added that "fighting Al-Shabaab is a manageable mission if soldiers work hard, keep to what they were trained on, and sticking to the rules of engagement (ROE).
The CDF further urged soldiers to “Know their responsibility whether in a section, unit or formation; but not to forget their background. He reminded them to always protect each other’s back using the attained pre-mission training and operations experience.
The Chief of Staff Land Forces, Brig Leopold Kyanda on behalf of the Commander Land Forces Maj Gen Peter Elwelu commended BG XXVI for enduring the long attained pre-mission training.
Brig Kyanda noted that the force is well prepared and ready for deployment for AMISOM.
The Commandant of the Peace Support and Training Centre (PSO-TC) Singo, Brig Jackson Bakasumba lauded the UPDF leadership for support towards stabilizing Somalia in the spirit of Pan-Africanism by deploying BGXXVI.
The UGABAG-XXVI flag off function was attended by Development Partners, Community leaders, PSO-TC staff among other invited guests.