Force Commander of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), Lt. Gen. Diomede Ndegeya

The Force Commander of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), Lt. Gen. Diomede Ndegeya has commended Uganda troops for their immense role in restoring security and stability by degrading the Al-Shabaab and winning the hearts and minds of local Somali communities by implementing Civil Military Cooperation, CIMIC, activities in their Area of Responsibility

Lt. Gen. Ndegeya said during his visit to headquarters of Ugandan AMISOM forces in Mogadishu. Troops from the Uganda Peoples Defence Force, UPDF, serving under AMISOM are in charge of sector one, which includes the Lower Shabelle region of Somalia and Mogadishu, and houses the headquarters of AMISOM and international partners.

Allow me to congratulate through you, sector commanders – both AMISOM and SNA, and all the brave SNA and UPDF soldiers who, recently, on 20 February put out of action 60 Al-Shabaab militants, including some of their commanders,” Lt. Gen. Ndegeya said.

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“Additionally the visit has the objective to set up staff and coordination activities in sectors, to engage sector commanders on enhancing joint offensive operations, to promote the spirit of cooperation and to synchronize operation plans,” the Force Commander said.

“Sector one in implementation of AMISOM reconfiguration plan endorsed by the Military Operations Coordination Committee, MOCC, on October 20, 2020 is taking the lead by relocating Mashlay Forward Operating Base, FOB, in Janale, repositioning the standby mobile force and partially handing over Afgoye bridge FOB,” Lt. Gen. Diomede revealed.

The SNA Chief of Defence Forces, Gen. Odowaa Yusuf Rageh, commended AMISOM for its contribution to the stabilization of Somalia, noting that SNA is keen to harmonise strategies.

“As you all know, we have been implementing strategic documents, including the Concept of Operations, CONOPS, the Somali Transition Plan, STP, and others over the past 14 year period that AMISOM has been in the country. To expedite our shared goals, we found it necessary to reconfigure our strategies together,” Gen. Odowaa said.

Uganda is one of the Troop Contributing Countries, TCCs, under AMISOM and was the first country to volunteer its troops to the mission when it was formed in 2007.

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