UPDF deploys troops in Equatorial Guinea

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UPDF soldiers on a mission

President Museveni’s “continental army” is currently deployed in Equatorial Guinea in Central Africa.

This was revealed Thursday during “Prime Minister’s Question Time” in a parliamentary plenary chaired by deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah.

It was Dokolo Woman MP Hon Cecilia Ogwal who tasked Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda to explain why the national army [UPDF] was deployed in the Central African nation.

“We want to know from the Premier about the presence of the UPDF on Equatorial Guinea and what agreement was signed for this deployment,” she said.

In response, Rugunda said UPDF is in Equatorial Guinea on a bilateral agreement to provide technical and other support.

In January 2018, President Museveni and President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea directed their respective Ministers to ensure speedy implementation of existing frameworks and work towards concluding those of cooperation in Defence and Security, among other things.

President Obiang was in Uganda for a one day working visit at the invitation of President Museveni who had visited Equatorial Guinea in August the previous year.

The protocol also laid the ground for the establishment of a permanent joint commission for co-operation between Uganda and Equatorial Guinea.

In December 2017, the Somali Defence Minister, Abdirashid Abdullahi Mohamed, thanked the UPDF for the support towards fighting of the Al Shabaab terrorists.

He also commended the Somali Officers who passed out for their patriotism and commitment to fighting terrorism in a Pan-African spirit.

Uganda has participated in some peacekeeping operations in the 1990s, including providing some troops and the Deputy Force Commander Brigadier (now Lt-Gen) Ivan Koreta to the UN Mission in Liberia.

UPDF has been in Sudan’s Darfur region, South Sudan during the civil war, Congo during the era of Mobutu Sese Seko and Central African Republic [CAR] in hunt for Lord’s Resistance Army warlord, Joseph Kony, among other missions.

 

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