UPDF Chief Visit Somalia, Calls for Speedy Security Sector Reforms

The Chief of Defence Forces of Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF), Katumba Wamala arrived in the war-torn Somalia for a three-day visit and called on Somali leaders to hasten implementation of security sector reforms.

UPDF Chief called on leaders to come together cooperate with the African Union troops (AMISOM) in strengthening the national army (SNA) in preparing it taking over the country’s security once AU troops exit Somalia.

 “As you interact politically with whoever will take the chair, this should be among their priority area; to make sure that they address the issue of building their security apparatus,” he told a meeting of senior officials from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

On his part, Osman Noor Soubagleh, the AMISOM Force Commander reiterated that AMISOM troops will continue to jointly conduct offensive and defensive operations aimed at improving the security situation in Somalia.

Wamala also held a meeting with the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Somalia, Michael Keating.

AMISOM troops contributing countries includes Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Burundi and Djibouti.

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