A total of 1,828 officers and men of UPDF comprising of UGABAG XXVIII and UNGU VI have on Wednesday 17 been flagged off to Somalia by Lt Gen Wilson Mbasu Mbadi, the Deputy Chief of Defence Forces, at Singo Peace Support Operation Centre in Nakaseke District.
While addressing the forces, Lt Gen Mbadi expressed his gratitude to the partners that have supported the UPDF in its pre-deployment training and praised the team now under a new name of Global Peace Operation Initiative (GPOI) for a job well done.
On the same note, he thanked the UPDF instructors for equally keeping the standard of both the centre and the training to international standards.
While counseling the troops, Gen Mbadi applauded them for perseverance and the hard work they have exhibited throughout their stay at the centre.
However, he urged them not to sleep while on the mission but work harder than ever before to consolidate their predecessors’ achievements in Somalia.
Mbadi implored these to save their mission allowances with the UPDF SACCO, and use it well to prepare for their future retirement journey.
“You have left Uganda to go and add a productive stone in the stability of Somalia which will, in the long run, add to the total stability of the African continent. Strive harder so that those who judged us by our heights will remember the depth from where we started the mission,” he emphasized.