March 30, 2016: Uganda, the lead troop contributing nation under AMISOM has deployed a new batch of 2000 troops to Somalia to battle the al Shabaab.
This new Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) contingent replaces the rotating troops of Battle Group XV under Col Silver Aguma’s command that deployed to Somalia in 2015.
The new batch, Battle Group XVIII will be under Col Ronald Bigirwa and is set to be located Aribiska some 40km from Mogadishu. The first flight arrived in Mogadishu on March 28th 0600hrs where they were received by the Uganda Contingent Commander Brigadier Sam Okiding.
The fresh battle boots comes at such a time when they war against the al Shabaab is at its peak in Southern and central Somalia is at its helm with al Shabaab loosing most of its strongholds in the regions to the AU troops and respective states’ militaries.