A total of 1828 officers and men of UPDF were on Wednesday flagged off to Somalia by Lt Gen Wilson Mbasu Mbadi, the Deputy Chief of Defence Forces, at Singo Peace Support Operation Centre in Nakaseke District.
While counseling the troops, the Gen Mbadi applauded them for perseverance and the hard work they have exhibited throughout their stay at the center.
However, he was quick to remind them not to sleep while on mission but work harder than ever before to consolidate their predecessors’ achievements in Somalia.
He implored them to save their mission allowances with the UPDF SACCO, and use it well to prepare for their future retirement journey.
“You have left Uganda to go and add a productive stone in the stability of Somalia which will in the long run add to the total stability of the African continent. Strive harder so that those who judged us by our heights will remember the depth from where we started the mission”, he emphasized.
At the same ceremony, the Deputy Commander Land Force Maj Gen Sam Kavuma urged the soldiers to put Patriotism, discipline, and good fighting at the fore front as they execute their duties in Somalia since they are pillars that make UPDF stand tall as a Force on the continent.
The outgoing Commandant PSO Singo Brig Jackson Bakasumba told the troops that they have been ably trained and was satisfied with their readiness. He asked for nothing else but exceptional performance. He handed over the troops to the Deputy CDF for official deployment into the mission.
The flag off function was among others attended by a delegation from the African Union, representatives of the Netherlands Training Team , US military and British Training team.