The Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) has resumed its deployment to the African Union Mission in Somalia after four months’ suspension of the rotation of troops since the outbreak of COVID-19. The African Union and UPDF had suspended troop movements in and out of the mission area as force protection measure and one of the mitigating measures in combating the spread of the pandemic.
The Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) of the UPDF, Gen David Muhoozi says that AMISOM and UPDF has built capacity to contain the spread of the pandemic.
He notes that the entire world is affected and hence even with the money at hand, it was difficult to access the logistics to handle the pandemic.
The CDF added that many countries have now developed capacity to produce the necessary logistics to address the problem such as sanitizers and personal protective equipment.
Gen Muhoozi said this while flagging off Uganda’s thirtieth Battle Group to Somalia at Peace Support Operation and Training Center (PSO TC)in Singo, Nakaseke district.
The Battle Group Commanded by Col Jimmy Musoke comprises of over 1,800 personnel, both veterans and regular force who were mobilized in June 2019 and regular Forces.