The African Union (AU) has hailed the Government of Uganda for its active role in restoring peace and stability in Somalia.The remarks were made by the Special Representative of the African Union Commission Chairperson (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Madeira, at a colourful medal award ceremony held in Mogadishu, Tuesday, for Ugandan soldiers.
The medals were awarded to Battle Group 18 of the Uganda People’s Defence Force serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) whose tour of duty in Somalia has some to an end.Ambassador Madeira thanked the Government of President Museveni for showing the true spirit of Pan Africanism by ensuring peace and stability is restored in Somalia.“Let me take this opportunity to thank your country and thank all your colleagues from Uganda who started this Mission by sacrificing their lives. Let me thank President Museveni for his vision of a statesman, a vision of somebody who has acquired experience in the struggle, in trying to unite his country, in stabilizing his own country, in getting rid of dictators, exploiters and giving direction, leadership and vision to his country,” Ambassador Madeira who is also the Head of Mission stated.
The medals parade, the first of its kind, was attended by the AMISOM Force Commander Lt. Gen. Osman Noor Soubagleh; AMISOM Deputy Force Commander in Charge of Operations and Planning, Maj. Gen. Abreha Tesfaye; Uganda Contingent Commander Brig. Kayanja Muhanga; AMISOM Sector Commanders; senior AMISOM officials and the outgoing Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Lydia Wanyoto.