The United States has donated 19 combat vehicles to the Ugandan Contingent serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia, (AMISOM), as part of the continued effort to boost capacity to fight Al Shabaab terrorists.
The vehicles were today presented by Brig. General Miguel A. Castellanos, Commander US Army Deputy Commanding General CJTF-HOA Somalia, to the Ugandan Contingent Commander Brig. General Muhanga Kayanja.
Brig. General Castellanos reaffirmed the commitment of the US towards enhancing the fight against terrorism by ensuring that the security agencies were well equipped to adequate to fight the terrorists.
Brig. General Muhanga Kayanja said, “As a Contingent, we have been operating at 40 percent capacity regarding the necessary equipment. This donation, therefore, comes in handy and will substantially boost our technical and operational capability. We, however, continue to face a significant challenge of the Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), which have cost us a lot of equipment. We need an urgent solution to this challenge.”
The vehicles come with enough spare parts and an able maintenance team that will teach the Ugandan contingent how to operate and repairs on the vehicles.