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Forces welcomed from Somalia

Posted Aug 5, 2016

United Nations Guard Unit II and Battle Group 16 have returned from Somalia after completion of a one year Peace Support Operation in the Horn of Africa country.

They were welcomed back by the UPDF Chief of Defence Forces, Gen Katumba Wamala at the UPDF Peace Support Operation Training Center in Nakaseke District. He thanked them for their hard work and braving the difficult operation environment in Somalia to lift the Ugandan flag high.

“You have given us a good name as Uganda.”  Said Gen Katumba.

CDF adressing the troops

Gen Katumba cautioned the troops against lavish expenditures of their allowances earned from the mission and advised them to rather use it to solve their live challenges. “First plan before going to the bank and use the money for that plan. Your plan should help you do something meaningful and memorable of the challenges you overcame in Somalia,” He said.

He further counseled the soldiers who could have sent money home and it wants put to proper use by their relatives saying that the soldiers should be psychologically prepared for such undesirable case scenario, act maturely within the law and professionally resolve such mishaps. 

The CDF also warned that the seemingly much allowances earned from the mission should not be a cause for indiscipline and desertion. He said whoever wants to relieve him/herself of his/her services should follow the right procedures for retirement so he/she can enjoy the benefits of retirement.

Gen Muhoozi talking to the troops

Gen Katumba called for a moment of silence in respect for the comrades who unfortunately fell on the battle field in Somalia. The Commander Land Forces, Maj Gen David Muhoozi noted that the fallen comrades lost their lives in the interest of saving humanity. “Although some of our own lost lives, they didn’t die in vain, they died for a purpose and we shall remember them,” he said.

A UNGU soldier leads in a revolutionary song

The Commander of Battle Group 16, Col Peter Omola and the Commander of UNGU II, Lt Col Richard Walekura both expressed great admiration of the hard work, dedication and determination of their troops while in Somalia. Both the UN and AMISOM decorated all the troops with medals and awarded them with certificates for a service well delivered prior to their return home.