Gen Muhoozi Cautions on Discipline As Soldiers Head to Somalia

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The Chief of Defence Forces, Gen David Muhoozi, has told officers and militants going to Somalia to observe discipline and keep in line with the right ideology for the success of the mission.

The Chief of Defence Forces, Gen David Muhoozi, has told officers and militants going to Somalia to observe discipline and keep in line with the right ideology for the success of the mission.
  
Uganda Peoples' Defence Forces (UPDF) is deploying 1456 soldiers under Battle Group XXII and United Nations Guard Unit (UNGU) IV to the war-torn country where Uganda has maintained presence for 10 years.
  
While addressing the forces at the Singo-based Peace and Support Training Centre in Nakaseke District, Gen Muhoozi told the troops that the mission they are going for is a workable one since some of their brothers and sisters have already been to Somalia and returned safe.
  
"Peace and stability are expensive items but Uganda is now exporting them. Go to Somalia and be our ambassador," said General Muhoozi.
  
Battle Group XXII will serve under the mandate of the African Union to support the Somali National Army (SNA) in protecting the property and lives of civilians, while UNGU IV will be under the United Nations mandate when protecting key installations in Somalia.
  
Muhoozi urged them to work together saying they are going to penetrate an area engulfed with many threats coupled with the absence of a frontline.
  
"You are not going for a picnic in Somalia. Therefore, be alert and respect the rules of engagement," he said, adding that it is the duty of Battle Group XXII and UNGU IV to keep the Ugandan Flag high.
  
Gen Muhoozi cautioned them to have respect for each other quoting Chinese independence leader Mao Tse Tung who said 'Shame is a revolutionary statement.'
  
Gen Muhoozi also cautioned the troops to watch against bad acts like womanising, buying luxurious cars and clothing, upon their return after one year of duty. He advised them to invest the money in securing property and engaging in commercial agriculture.
  
The CDF appreciated the support from the European Union towards enriching UPDF's efforts in the region.
  
Land Forces Commander, Major General Peter Elwelu, advised them to work hard so as to do a good job for the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom).
  
Brig Jack Bakasumba, Commandant of the Peace and Support Training Centre - Singo, cautioned Battle Group XXII and UNGU IV to use the skills and knowledge acquired during the training to fight better in Somalia.
  
Colonel Bony Bamwisike is the Commander of Battle Group XXII while Lt Col Mike Hyroba will command UNGU IV.
  
Under the auspices of the African Union, Uganda has maintained presence in Somalia since 2007 fighting the militant al Shabaab group that had turned the then lawless country into a launchpad for terrorism in the region. Other countries with troops in Somalia include Kenya, Burundi, Ethiopia and Djibouti.

Uganda has at least 6,070 troops of the total 22,000-strong Amisom force.