31 January 2013

Uganda: Amisom Celebrates Ugandan Armed Forces Anniversary

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) recognised the 32nd anniversary of the creation of the Uganda People's Defence Force on Wednesday (January 30th) with a series of activities to help the Somali people.

AMISOM's Ugandan contingent this week began clearing and levelling the El Gabta garden in the centre of Mogadishu, according to an AMISOM press release. They will also rid several buildings of bat infestations, distribute potable water and set up medical treatment points for Somalis around the city.

"These celebrations mark the commitment of AMISOM as a force for good for the Somali people," said force commander Lieutenant General Andrew Gutti. "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."

Mogadishu Mayor Mohamed Ahmed Nur thanked AMISOM troops for their assistance.

"AMISOM, by working with the Somali people, removed al-Shabaab from the city and now they are helping to clear and rebuild the city," he said. "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."

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