Uganda’s Chief of Defense Forces (CDF) Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala yesterday visited and briefed AMISOM frontline troops in Janaale, Somalia after Tuesday Al-Shabaab attack on the UPDF manned based that resulted into death of 12 Ugandan peace keepers.
UPDF spokesperson said that ten bodies of those who died have arrived today morning at Entebbe Army Air Base and two more will be arriving tomorrow.
Gen. Wamala praised Uganda Peoples Defence Forces for the spirited firth saying he is convinced soldiers did put up a spirited fight.
“My visit was prompted by what happened here in Janaale, where we are now, where our base was attacked by the Al Shabaab using a vehicle bomb IED to breach the defense and where we incurred some casualties; some of our friends lost their lives. I came one, to assess how the situation was and to get a clear picture; how the whole thing happened, and also establish whether they were any flaws in terms of the response. I am convinced that the boys put up a good fight,” said Gen. Katumba.
According to information from AMISOM website, General Katumba was guided on a tour of the Janaale base by the AMISOM Ugandan Contingent Commander Brig. Gen. Sam Kavuma and briefed by the troops on the ground.
General Katumba Wamala also expressed heartless condolences to the families and colleagues of the soldiers who lost their lives and wishes for quick recovery for the injured.
“I just want to give assurance to our partners and also to the other soldiers that all is under control and definitely nothing much to worry about. Our hearts go out to the gallant soldiers who lost their lives as they were executing this noble task of defending and protecting the civilians in this country against the bad fellows Al Shabaab,” he said.