By Ronald Nahabwe
Mogadishu: Uganda Parliamentary committee on Defence & Internal Affairs is in it’s final leg of a six days visit to Somalia, to check on the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) Marines unit in Mogadishu.
Legislators led by Hon. Moses Nangwomu the Vice Chairperson of the committee were briefed by Lt. Col. Edward Ijjo the component commander of Africa Union Mission In Somalia (AMISOM), who said that UPDF has deployed capabilities aimed at contributing towards maritime safety in Somalia.
”We are doing anything necessary under AMISOM on Pan-African grounds to make sure that our brothers and sisters here in Somalia can travel freely on waters without any disturbance from Alshabaab terrorists,” he said.
The legislators were happy to learn that the operations of the marine unit have greatly enhanced AMISOM to execute its mandate of supporting the people of Somalia.
The commanding officer appreciated the fact that members of parliament took off time to visit the mission area and acquaint themselves with the goings.
Lawmakers later guided the tour and ride on the waters, where they saluted the men and women in uniform for the selfless sacrifice to the cause of peace and security thus promising parliament’s commitment to support the UPDF with resources to achieve its mission within the framework of AMISOM.