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U.S. Ambassador: We’ll Increase Military Support to Uganda

The United States Ambassador to Uganda Deborah Malac has praised the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) for its efforts to stabilise Africa.

“This is one capable force that has handled and maintained peace on this continent,” said Malac.

The envoy was Thursday speaking at a function during which the U.S. government handed over relief trucks to UPDF.

The event presided over by  the Chief Defence Forces (CDF) Gen David Muhoozi was held at the Uganda Rapid Deployment Capability Centre in Jinja.

Malac exchanges gifts with Gen Muhoozi

The UPDF received 30 Atego Benz trucks, six Tele handlers, one Rough terrain container handler, a bull dozer and three armoured troop carriers from the United States Government.

Malac’s comments come against the backdrop of reinvigorated ties between Washington and Kampala.

The two countries’ relations had taken a nosedive over human rights and management of politics.

But recent years have seen warm relations between the two partners.

The relief trucks handed to UPDF are estimated in billions of shillings
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Uganda recently endorsed an American-led consortium to build Uganda’s multi-billion dollar refinery.

The U.S. has equally reinforced its support to fight the Al Shabaab elements in Somalia where specialised units of Ugandan armed forces are deployed.

Speaking at the event in Jinja, Chief Defence Forces (CDF) Gen David Muhoozi that the U.S. Government for its continued partnership with  the  UPDF and  Uganda in general.

“African needs a lot of peace mechanism as the continent is still prone to conflicts,” he pointed out.

Gen Muhoozi at the same function commended the British Government for initiating the Capability Center.

He said what started as a dream was turning into reality.

UPDF and US officials pose for a photograph at the ceremony

The General pledged to maintain the equipment by providing skilled personnel to manage the fleet.

Handing over the fleet, Amb Malac  promised more support to Uganda more especially the Defence  Forces because of its continued effort to  pacify Africa.

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