The Government of the United States of America, through the Department of State has handed over non-lethal equipment to support the Ugandan Military Contingent in Somalia.
The equipment support worth billions of Ugandan shillings includes 02 Dozers, 04 Motor Graders, 04 Compact rollers and 04 front-end loaders. Others are 02 trailer tractors, 02 low bed vehicles, 04 recovery trucks, 02 Tele-handlers and an assortment of spare parts.
The site coordinator at the Department of State, Mr. James Watters, handed over the equipment on behalf of the Government of USA. He reiterated US government continued support to AMISOM in the fight against terrorism and commended the good works of the African Union peacekeepers in support of the Federal Government of Somalia.
Brig Sam Okiding, The Uganda Contingent Commander in AMISOM, received the items on behalf of the Government of Uganda at the African Union’s Halane camp in Mogadishu, Somalia.
Okiding appreciated the continued support from the US Government towards the fight against terrorism in Somalia and to the UPDF in particular. He noted that the machinery donated is enough to establish a ‘Mission Enabling Unit’ that could carry out various infrastructural projects in Somalia to enhance peace and security.