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Uganda gloats in 'securing' Somalia's airspace

minister for Defence and Veteran Affairs, Vincent Ssempijja inspects a guard of honour in Somalia

minister for Defence and Veteran Affairs, Vincent Ssempijja inspects a guard of honour in Somalia

If it wasn’t for Uganda's military’s resilience, Somalia’s air transport wouldn’t be flourishing like it is today, Brig Gen Anthony Mbuusi Lukwago, commander of UPDF’s Sector One in Somalia has said.

Lukwago says Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) has achieved a lot in Somalia and one of the major achievements is the establishment of a conducive atmosphere for the political processes while ensuring the functionality of the government of Mogadishu. He also boasted of UPDF's securing Somalia airspace which had been hampered by al-Shabaab attacks on airports.

“The annual increase volume of airport operations presently accommodates over 8,533 international flights, 18,166 domestic flights, and 1,686 mission flights, the improvement in infrastructure and social services are a result of our persistent provision of security,” Lukwago said.

Lukwago was briefing the minister for Defence and Veteran Affairs, Vincent Ssempijja who is on a familiarization visit to UPDF forces in Somalia. Ssempijja applauded UPDF soldiers who are currently serving as part of the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) for creating a conducive environment for Somalia's socio-economic and political transformation while exhibiting the Pan-African spirit.

“The Pan-African spirit that brought us to Somalia has yielded tremendous results. Thank you for persevering and changing the face of Somalia. The discipline and professionalism you have shown have earned UPDF International accolades,” Ssempijja said.

UPDF went to Somalia in 2007 under Africa Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) which was being funded by the UN’s Security Council. However, two years ago, UN Security Council member countries that include the US, China, France, Germany, and the UK said UPDF and AMISOM forces had outlived their purpose in Somalia.

Nevertheless, AMISOM was changed to ATMIS to stay for more years in the guise of training Somali forces to take charge of their country’s security. Ssempijja was at UPDF’s Sector One where he too acknowledged the rapid growth of Mogadishu city, seaport, and Aden Abdulle international airport traffic as evidence of the UPDF's hard work and professionalism.

Ssempijja has also commended President Yoweri Museveni for his vision and strategic leadership in the fight against the al-Shabaab at the source (Somalia), which has helped protect Uganda from attacks.


0 #1 kabayekka 2024-02-27 09:11
Lots of recolonisation hot air. Is this military official saying that when the USA run away from Somalia the Uganda Army has managed to colonise and to bring everlasting peace to this region?

He is deluded indeed. This is an African country that needs to sit down with all its citizens and sort out its destiny minus Uganda.

Uganda with its many problems needs to get out of its mercenary Somalia project and fix its horrible domestic democratic credentials! Uganda is fighting undemocratic governance else where when at home there is no money to even process cheaper and free and fair local elections!
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