A contingent of more than 2,000 officers and men of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) has left for Somalia to beef up the African Union (AU) Mission to Somalia (AMISOM).
The troops were seen off from the Peace Support Operation Training Centre in Singo in Nakaseke district in a ceremony presided over by Chief of Defence Forces General David Muhoozi on Friday.
The troops, categorised as Battle Group XXII and United Nations Guard Unit IV(UNGU IV), will join other troops in the United Nations-funded AMISOM.
Also present were Land Forces Commander Major-General Peter Elwelu, army spokesperson Brigadier Richard Karemire, and Battle Group XXII commander Colonel Bony Bamwiseki.
Muhoozi tasked the troops to maintain the UPDF’s solid reputation of successful combat operations, and the unwavering commitment to African solidarity.