The UN-UPDF Guard UNIT under the command of Lt Col Keita, has officially today handed over the responsibilities to Lt Col Walekula.
Army spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, says the handover/takeover was witnessed by the Ugandan Ambassador to Somalia Gen Nathan Mugisha.
Ankunda last month travelled with the United Nations Guard Unit (UNGU) to Somalia.
The UN-UPDF Guard Units’ basic task in Somalia is to secure and protect the United Nations personnel and their installations in Somalia.
It also facilitates the UN personnel to execute United Nations Mission in rebuilding and supporting Somali’s to rebuild and develop their country.
This is the first UPDF mission in Somalia mandated by the United Nations.
The first Mission is under the African Union Peace keeping Mission, which is comprised of 22,000 soldiers from six countries.
UPDF has at least 7,000 soldiers on the ground, making Uganda the country with the largest contingent in Somalia.
Meanwhile, last week, the Security Council authorized the Member States of the African Union to maintain the deployment of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) for an additional 10 months, until 30 May 2016.
Huawei donates to UPDF
Back home, Ankunda, says Huawei has donated mobile phones to UPDF.
“Ten brandy new phones worth seventeen million were delivered by Huawei’s Eric Du to Gen Katumba Wamala this morning,” Ankunda said in a tweet.
Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. is a Chinese multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services company headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdong.
Last week, China donated an assortment of equipment to UPDF disabled soldiers at Mubende Rehabilitation Center.
The Chinese Ambassador to Uganda H. E. Zhao Yali handed over a hand tractor, 10 boxes of hoes, a Motorcycle, two sewing machines, two bicycles and a 40 inch digital television set to Katumba at the Rehabilitation Center.