Ugandan commander visits troops in Somalia, tours front lines

November 12, 2012

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Ugandan Special Forces Command leader Brigadier Muhoozi Kainerugaba completed a one-week tour of the Uganda People's Defence Force's (UPDF) frontline positions in Somalia on Saturday (November 10th), Uganda's New Vision reported.

According to UPDF spokesman Major Henry Obbo, Kainerugaba visited troops stationed in Somalia to congratulate them on their hard work fighting under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

"We should maintain the spirit of achieving much with the little available. I am impressed you are healthy and have proved to be hardened soldiers by easily overcoming the challenge of harsh weather," he said.

Security has improved in Somalia, though al-Shabaab maintains a presence in the country, said Brigadier Michael Ondoga, head of AMISOM's Uganda contingent.

"We have scaled up our activities, including night operations on specific targets to wipe out al-Shabaab remnants so that we maintain the enabling environment that has seen Somalia go through the first presidential elections after decades of state collapse," he said.

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