The Chief of Defense Forces (CDF) of the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) General David Muhoozi arrived in Somalia Tuesday on an official visit, his first since his appointment. He, like his predecessors, is on a routine mission to assess the conditions and progress made by the UPDF, who are part of AMISOM in Somalia. He was in the company of top military officials, and his visit is viewed as the much-needed morale uplifting for the UPDF after the recent attack on the forces at Goryowein, Lower Shabelle region.
Gen. Muhoozi held talks with top security officials in AMISOM as well as AU Special Representative for Somalia and Head of AMISOM, Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira. He also led his envoy in a tribute mounted in honor of the fallen soldiers and called for the Ugandan contingent’s vigilance and courage in eradicating the militants who have been causing terror in East Africa.
The visit reaffirms Uganda’s commitment to running off the militants and ridding Somalia of extremist elements as it appears to weaken following the recent surrender of a former deputy leader and numerous cases of defections.