The Uganda People’s Defense Forces has deployed another contingent to fight al Shabaab in Somalia under AMISOM with the troops flagged off by Gen. David Muhoozi, the Chief of Defense Forces (CDF). The Uganda Battle Group Twenty-Seven (XXVII) comprising of 1800 soldiers will offer support in neutralizing al Shabaab and restoring peace in the country.
The 1,800 troops will be commanded by Col. Kosiya Kuteesa and deputized by Col Rogers Okiror. Additionally, Gen. Muhoozi noted that the mission is built on the UPDF’s pro-people ideology which is part of the reason for the Force’s successes in its operations.
Before their deployment, they underwent six-month training in basic combat as it is necessary for incoming troops to learn from the experiences of previously deployed troops to reduce casualties. Uganda is the largest contributor to the mission, with more than 6,000 troops.