PRESS RELEASE | For immediate release | Mogadishu 29th January 2013- AMISOM congratulated troops from the Ugandan Contingent today on the thirty-second anniversary of the creation of their country’s defence force, marking the occasion with a week of activities to help the people of Somalia.
The troops from Uganda today started the clearing and leveling of El-Gabta (Peace Garden) in the centre of Mogadishu. Other activities by AMISOM soldiers during this forthcoming week will include clearing several buildings of bat infestations, supplying clean drinking water and running medical treatment points for Somalis to access around the city.
The AMISOM Force Commander, Lieutenant General Andrew Gutti, reiterated the troops’ commitment to improve the country’s security, help train up the Somali security forces and help build long term peace for the Somali people.
“These celebrations mark the commitment of AMISOM as a force for good for the Somali people. Over the years the relationship with the Somali people and Ugandan contingent, alongside the Burundian soldiers, has gone from strength-to-strength as the country seeks to rebuild itself.”
Mohamud Mohammed Noor, the Mayor of Mogadishu, who was present during the event, welcomed AMISOM’s help, saying the activities will cement the good relationship between Uganda and Somalia:
“AMISOM, by working with the Somali people, removed Al Shabaab from the city and now they are helping to clear and rebuild the city. As the Mogadishu city authority, we appreciate and welcome AMISOM’s help. These activities will help connect the military with Somalis and defeat the enemy.”
AMISOM troops from Burundi and Uganda first deployed to Somalia in 2007. Since then they have been joined by troops from Kenya and Djibouti, who have together helped provide medical treatment to Somalis, facilitate the provision of humanitarian aid and secure the successful end of transitional government in the country.
The anniversary marks the events of 6th of February 1981 where the National Resistance Army (NRA), led by President Yoweri Museveni, launched the rebellion that led to the liberation of Uganda.
For more information, contact Eloi Yao and Col. Ali Houmed-Spokespersons
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