The Uganda People’s Defence Forces Veterans have been commended for their efforts and contributions towards the African Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) as the continent unites to bring peace to the troubled Horn of Africa Nation.
The Director UPDF Veteran Affairs Brig (Rtd) Emmanuel Musinguzi while addressing the UPDF Battle group XXX at Singo Peace Training Center applauded the veterans for their contribution whenever they are deployed as they have demonstrated in the fight against Alshabaab.
Uganda was the first country to deploy troops under AMISOM into Somalia in March 2007. So far, Uganda has provided all four AMISOM Force Commanders.
The Ugandan contingent remains the largest contingent in AMISOM with 6,223 troops based in Sector 1 which comprises of Banadir (Mogadishu), Middle and Lower Shabelle regions.
Battle group XXX is a unique group made up of approximately 3000 officers and men comprising of Veterans, in-service soldiers and Uganda Military training and mentoring team that is to be deployed in to Equatorial Guinea (UMTMT- EG).
Brig Musinguzi thanked the president who is also the commander in Chief of UPDF for having availed opportunity for UPDF to participate in peace building to other African countries.
He urged the officers and men that upon coming back they should put the little they will have saved to good use especially the veterans because such international deployments are rare.
“To the in service soldiers, the money should help them prepare for retirement by investing in money generating ventures that will improve their household incomes after leaving the service,” he advised.
Present were Chief of Pension and Gratuity Col Kefa Nangeso, BG XXX Commander Col jimmy Musoke, and UMTMT III to Equatorial Guinea Commander Col Geoffrey Karugaba.