The Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, has mourned the passing of Ugandan soldiers who were killed on duty in Somalia.
On Sunday, Al Shabaab militants ambushed Uganda troops of Battle Group XX at Goryowein along Bulu-maler and Beladamin in Lower Shebelle region, killing 12 of them and injuring seven others.
The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Madeira commended the courage and bravery of AMISOM troops ambushed during a regular patrol to secure the Mogadishu-Barawe Main Supply Route.
Kayihura in the same light, extended his sincere condolences to the UPDF fraternity, the Chief of Defence Forces, Gen David Muhoozi, and the families of the 12 killed gallant soldiers.
“On behalf of Uganda police and on my own, I extend my sincere condolences to the CDF, officers and men of UPDF and the families of the 12 gallant UPDF fallen heroes of Battle XX, who in defence of peace and security in our region lost their lives to the Al Shabab terrorists in Somalia,” Kayihura said.
He added: “We shall always remain indebted to their selfless service. Their service to the country and the region will not be in vain. May God rest their souls in eternal peace.”
On Tuesday, Members of Parliament tasked Adolf Mwesige, Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs, to produce a report on the number of Uganda People’s Defence Forces [UPDF] soldiers who died in Somalia on Sunday.
This was during a plenary session chaired by deputy speaker of Parliament, Hon Jacob Oulanyah who also ordered the minister to prepare a brief statement for the house.
UPDF leadership has finalised plans to have their remains airlifted back home for a decent burial.
The plane carrying the caskets of the deceased will touch down Entebbe international airport at exactly 13:30Hrs.
The Deputy CDF Lt Gen Wilson Mbadi and other UPDF and Ministry of Defence senior officials will be present.