The African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) Deputy Force Commander in charge of Support and Logistics, Maj Gen Peter Muteti, commended the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) troops serving under ATMIS on March 28th, 2023, for pacifying Somalia, especially Mogadishu city, since their deployment in 2007.
He made the remarks while on a courtesy call to the UPDF (Sector 1) Contingent Headquarters base camp in Mogadishu as part of his familiarization tour to acquaint himself with the mission since he is newly deployed.
“There is a peace transformation in Somalia, especially in Mogadishu. This has been possible due to the UPDF’s efforts since deploying in 2007. We commend you for this contribution, and your effort was not in vain,” said Maj Gen Muteti.
As part of troop empowerment in logistics support, the General promised his full support in logistics for better service delivery and achievement of the overall mandate as stipulated in the Somali Transition Plans (STPs), UNSCR 2628, and 2670. He further remarked that the purpose of ATMIS’ mandate is to ensure Somali Security Independence and economic powerhouse. The General emphasized that he is glad the Troop-Contributing Countries (TCCs) are fully committed and collaborating in all efforts to realize the noble dream.
He elaborated that ATMIS is now in a mentoring phase to the Somali Security Forces (SSF) and implored that the UPDF is doing this perfectly, which is why the security of Mogadishu is now manned by the Somali National Army (SNA).
According to the offensive operations conducted, most of the regions were liberated from Al-shabaab dominance. Maj Gen Muteti called on the Al-Shabaab remnants to surrender and contribute to the development of Somalia. He pledged his full support and challenged that if Al-Shabaab continues to threaten the peace of Somalia, ATMIS forces will deal with them decisively.
He concluded by paying tribute to the fallen soldiers in the mission, adding that they did not die in vain but for a justified cause.
Also present during the event were the UPDF Sector 1 Commander Brig Gen Peter Omola, Deputy Sector 1 Commander Col Griffins Kantinti, Force Engineer Col David Nwogu, Force Communications Officer Lt Col Peter Mwila, and Force Spokesperson Lt Col Abdul Ganale, among others.