By Jolly Gwari
Uganda Peoples defense forces (UPDF) is mobilizing veterans to join forces in Somalia. The army is recalling up to 1500 personnel to be deployed to Somalia. According to the army spokesperson, Brig Richard Karemire, AMISON is the peacekeeping mission in Somalia which consists of troops from a number of countries including Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, Ethiopia and Djibouti.
He also said that the recruits are being considered because they have proven their patriotism over time. “These are patriotic Ugandans who have in the past served the country with distinction.
Therefore, when such an opportunity arises and we have such tested pan, Africa why not?” the army spokesperson said. Brig. Richard Karemire also analyzed that the veterans to be selected must meet the required standards to serve. “They must be medically and physically able. They must be in possession of a discharge certificate from the army and a national identification card,” he said.
The new veteran recruits, according to the army, will then undergo a mission training to improve on their skills for a period of not more than six (6) months. Notably, Uganda was the first country to deploy its troops to Somalia in 2007 after a turbulent spell in the Horn of Africa country.
However, Karemire said the objective this time is to leave Somalia’s army better and capable to fight the Al-Shabaab on its own.