The Ugandan United Nations battalion in Somali has been hailed by the African Union (AU) and African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) after they completed a year’s tour of duty.
“What you are doing is really important. You are a very important part of a bigger effort to help Somalia find its feet. To find peace and security,” Michael Keating, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, told the soldiers at a medal awards ceremony in Mogadishu.
The ceremony on Sunday was presided over by Keating, who was joined by Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (DSRCC) for Somalia, Lydia Wanyoto.
Speaking at the medal awards ceremony for the soldiers from the UN Guard Unit (UNGU) in Mogadishu, Wanyoto hailed the Ugandans for exemplary work.
“For each one of you congratulations. You have a well-deserved medal today. Even as you go back home to your families and to your country, that sent you here, remember that you have done Uganda proud and you have done Africa proud,” Wanyoto said.
According to report of the event by AMISOM, Wanyoto stressed that the relationship between UNGU and AMISOM has grown in strength and better.
“We feel more secure and better organized in the way we manage our security here which, reflects even in the way of securing the foregrounds and sector hubs, working as one family, building for Somalia, for Africa and the future,” Wanyoto reportedly said.
Also present at the ceremony was the acting AMISOM Force Commander Maj. Gen. Nakibus Lakara, who expressed satisfaction with the soldiers’ achievements in Somalia. “I am convinced, unless to the contrary, that UNGU II has performed exceptionally well,” Maj. Gen. Lakara observed.