Uganda People’s Defence Forces [UPDF] Battle Group 19 has left Somalia where it has been fighting Al Shabaab militants under the African Union Mission in Somalia [AMISOM].
The troops departed Somalia on Friday after a year’s tour of duty.
Brigadier Kayanja Muhanga, the Commander of the Uganda Contingent, presided over the send-off ceremony held in Marka, Lower Shabelle region.
Brigadier Muhanga decorated the departing troops with medals and also presented them with certificates of recognition.
Amisom said in a statement that departing troops have made a tremendous contribution to peace support operations in Somalia during their stay.
“Amisom lauds the commitment and sacrifice of the troops and wishes them well as they return home to reunite with their families and loved ones.”
Lower Shabelle region is one of the regions in Somalia severely affected by the drought that saw thousands of families flee their homes to live in settlements for internally displaced persons.
Most of these camps are protected by the Somali security forces jointly with AMISOM troops.
A new Battle Group (Battle Group 22), which replaces Battle Group 19, arrived in Somalia Saturday, where they were received by Brigadier Muhanga.