The army has released names of the soldiers who were killed in an attack by Al-Shabaab insurgents on Tuesday.
Here is the list of the killed peacekeepers published by New Vision:
Leutenant David Etua Ondoma
Sergeant Charles Outa
Sergeant Charles Ojange
Sergeant Eddy Kakaire
Sergeant Abubaker Mugumya
Sergeant Emmanuel Wanyama
Lance Corporal Andrew Engema
Lance Corporal Phinius Ochowun
Private Isaac Okidi Lotyang
Private Geoffrey Kintu
In a special message, the Chief of Defence Forces, Katumba Wamala, said the “gallant fighters” that regrettably passed on were part of a very strong team that heroically denied Al Shabaab its intended final target of gaining ground at Janaale which had been liberated by AMISOM forces on February 14, 2013, to allow people rebuild their livelihood and Country.
“They (AMISOM troops) fell as they fearlessly made a huge contribution towards the world’s cause of liberating humanity from terrorism.”
Katumba said Uganda, Africa and the world will remember their enormous sacrifices.
“There is no greater sacrifice than that of one’s own life for a just cause, like the fallen AMISOM comrades made.”
He said the UPDF appreciatively received the message from the Special Representative of the AU Commission Chairperson (SRCC) for Somalia and head of AMISOM, Maman S. Sidikou who commiserated with the government and the people of Uganda on the losses suffered during the attack and praised the heroism of the peacekeepers who were killed during the attack, noting that they have paid a worthy price while serving the people of Somalia.
“Such attacks by Al shabaab on civilians and probing attacks on AMISOM units gives us more reason to pursue and totally defeat them just as we have defeated them in major towns like among others Mogadishu, Afgooye, Marka, Balcad, Jawher, Buurhakaba, Balidoogle, Baidoa and Barawe.”
“UPDF will continue to stand with the People of Somalia and the collective efforts to rid Somalia and the entire region of terrorism will not be cowed by such acts.”