Uganda has sent additional troops to Somalia to sustain peace and stability in the Horn of Africa nation, army chief David Muhoozi said.
Gen Muhoozi said Battle Group 25 will also work with a UN guard Unit who will be protecting key key UN and Somali government installations, UN personnel and escorting VIPs.
He to avoid negative propaganda and live up to their expectations since life in the mission area is not a picnic but a mission that demands hard work.
Battle Group 25 will be commanded by Col Paul Muwanguzi who will be deputised by Lieutenant Col CK Asiimwe while Col Stuart Agaba will command UN Guard Unit, deputized by Maj Edward Mugisha.
Before their deployment, the soldiers underwent six-month’s training in basic combat.
Uganda is the largest contributor to the mission, with more than 6,000 troops and were the first to be deployed in 2007 to back the then transitional government which was facing the threat of Al-Shabab.
African Union troops in Somalia face Al-Shabab threats. Hundreds of African Union soldiers were killed in Somalia over the last 10 years.
Al-Shabab group is affiliated with Al-Qaeda and is fighitng to overthrow an internationally-backed government base din Mogadishu.