MOGADISHU, Somalia – The main defense forces of the Ugandan people [UPDF] The commander visited various troops serving at various forward operating bases in Somalia on Wednesday, as senior officials plan to ensure free, fair and credible elections, which are expected to begin in the coming weeks.
Brig. General Don Nabasa said the trip was intended to familiarize him with his area of responsibility [AoR] and assess their well-being and operational readiness. He visited a total of 12 forward operating bases in Somalia, which are held by Ugandan troops.
Some of these bases include Mashalaay, Golweyn, Janaale, Balad Amin, Ceeljale, and Shalanbod. Other FOBs visited include Qoryooley, Barawe, Baledogle, Lantabur and Arbiska.
To the various FOBs, Brig. General Nabasa, who recently took office, was received by military leaders who briefed him on the security situation in their respective regions and then addressed the troops.
Brig. General Nabasa, who is also the sector 1 commander of AMISOM, urged the soldiers to maintain the “highest order” operational readiness and to remain vigilant in the implementation of the mandate of mission, in particular in the conduct of operations aimed at degrading Al-Shabaab in order to ensure the return of peace and stability in Somalia. He urged the soldiers to maintain the discipline, values and ethics of the mission.
“Discipline is very important,” he said, adding: “As Ugandan soldiers serving under AMISOM, you must maintain the institutional discipline of the Ugandan People’s Defense Force and ultimately that of the Ugandan People’s Defense Force. of the mission, to ensure that the mission fulfills its peacemaking mandate. and stability in Somalia. ”
Brig. General Nabasa reminded the troops “to remain ideologically aware and to observe and promote human rights”.
Some of those accompanying him were Colonel Ismail Sendagire, Air Defense Commander of AMISOM Sector 1; the Chief of Military Information (CMIO), Lieutenant-Colonel Elias Byamukama; Commander of motorized infantry equipment, Lieutenant-Colonel George Acaye; Lieutenant-Colonel Sale Isabirye, area engineer; the Contingent Logistics Officer (CLO), Major Grace Magoola Salongo and the Contingent Political Commissioner (PCC), Major Robert Byebirooha, among others,
“It is in the Pan-African spirit that we advance AMISOM’s mandate to support the Somali security forces in order to create an environment conducive to peace and stability,” he said.
Brig. General Nabasa reminded the soldiers of the critical need to secure the upcoming elections, noting that Somalia will soon hold legislative and presidential elections.
“Our most immediate task is to secure the next elections and part of the elections will take place here in your area of responsibility. We have agreed to secure the process to ensure peace during the elections, ”he told Barawe.
His field visit comes as Somalia prepares to hold national elections in which AMISOM will support the Somali National Security Forces (SNF) in securing the electoral process. Uganda is a major player in the peacekeeping mission in Somalia.