Uganda’s Chief of Defense Forces (CDF) Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala has visited and briefed AMISOM frontline troops in Janaale, Lower Shabelle region, commending their gallantry in their fight against Al Shabaab terrorists.
He took particular note of the spirited fight they put up against Al Shabaab militants, who attacked the AMISOM base at Janaale early this week, using a vehicle borne explosive to gain forceful entry into the camp, where they were engaged in battle by the troops.
“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.
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.
He thanked the troops for the high morale they have maintained and asserted that the enemies of peace will be fought and defeated.
General Katumba Wamala further thanked the partners and FGS for the mutual support rendered to enable AMISOM operations progress positively.
He also expressed heartfelt 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 added.
Brig Sam Kavuma said the CDF’s visit was timely and his tactical guidance will facilitate further progress with combat operations.