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Gen. Elwelu Flags off 600 UPDF Guard Unit to Somalia

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The Commander Land Forces of the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF), Lt Gen Peter Elwelu, has flagged off the seventh United Nations Guard Unit (UNGU VII) to Somalia.

The Guard Unit comprising of over 600 peacekeepers is commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Francis Odikiro. The function took place at UPDF’s Peace Support Operations and Training Center (PSO-TC) in Singo, Nakaseke District.

Lt. Gen. Elwelu told the UPDF Officers and Militants Under UNGU VII that the first five UNGU deployments in Somalia have done a commendable job in Somalia and made Uganda proud. He urged them to maintain the standards through selfless service, doing their tasks to the required standards, and being disciplined.

“You will be required to serve above self, do excellent work and keenly follow the Standing Operating Procedures as well as observing all the UN standard behaviors that include but are not limited to saying NO to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) in your working environment,” said Lt Gen Peter Elwelu.

He cautioned the Officers and militants to ensure that Uganda’s UNGU in Somalia is not added to the UN list of missions with a record of violations.

“Cases of SEA and other forms of violation of ideals have been reported in many UN missions across the globe. However, the records of Uganda’s first five UNGU deployments in Somalia are good. Maintain this image or even do better works to further polish Uganda’s image in UN missions,” said Elwelu.

Adding: “Uganda is privileged to be selected by the UN to contribute a Guard Unit. There have not been many Guard Units in the history of the UN. It would therefore be very disheartening to Ugandans to hear that their representatives in UNGU VII are involved in violations.”

The Commandant of PSO-TC Brig Gen Bony Wolimbwa said UNGU VII will deploy in a phased manner based on UN and World Health Organization’s guidelines on prevention and control of COVID-19.

The flag off ceremony was attended by principle Staff Officers of PSO-TC and Commanders of the thirtieth and thirty first Battle Groups who are also at PSO-TC on standby for deployment to Somalia but are still affected by the current suspension of rotation for troops under African Union deployment following the COVID-19 pandemic.

 



Source – chimpreports.com

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Muntu Blocked in Kamwenge

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Alliance for National Transformation presidential candidate Gen. Mugisha Muntu has been blocked from campaigning in Kamwenge according to a statement he released earlier today.Below is the full statement:

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Today in Kamwenge, as we have done since the start of the campaign season, we headed out to speak with the people. We had earlier in the week agreed on the venue with security agencies. No one had anticipated that it would rain as much as it did, making it impossible for us or the people to access.

After identifying an alternative place only 100m away from the original venue, negotiating with the owner and communicating the same to the public, we headed to the second venue only to be stopped by police.

Our policy has always been to do all we can to be reasonable, even in the face of unreasonable action on the part of the state. We engaged the police leadership in a civilized, respectable manner well knowing that they intended to not only frustrate us, but cause us to act in ways that would give them an excuse to cause chaos. This was on top of their intimidating the radio we had booked and duly paid to appear on.

While we are confident that we are on the right side of both the law and reason, we have chosen not to endanger the lives of our supporters or the general public by escalating the situation. We will do everything humanly possible to avoid a single life being lost or blood being shed on account of our campaign.

And yet this truth remains: the regime’s days are numbered.

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Is Johnson Byabashaija courting Enid Kukunda for protection?

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The very amiable Commissioner General of Prisons Canon Johnson Byabashaija was recently sighted with President Y K Tibuhaburwa Museveni’s second wife Enid Kukunda as the two had a very secretive meeting in one of the city hangouts.

According to our informers, the two seem to be in a deep conversation that they wouldn’t allow a housefly pass around. However, sources further reveal that Byabashaija could have courted the second lady for protection given that he has amassed a lot of wealth and could be a subject of investigations.

Our sources reveal that Byabashaija who carries himself as Mr.I know it all hasn’t met Madam Enid alone but a host of others with connections to the centre of power in the country.

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Bobi Wine released on Bail

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Presidential candidate and kyadondo East legislator Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu has been realeased on bail by the Iganga magistrates court where he appeared to defend himself against accusations of flouting COVID-19 campaign SOPs. A defiant Kyagulanyi took the opportunity to blast the incumbent Yoweri Museveni, whom he accuses of using state power to quell dissident.

This follows a tense week that has seen thousands injured and several dead following Hon. Kyagulanyi’s arrest earlier this week. Demonstrations and riots erupted in many parts of the country and heavy police and army deployment was seen all over the country.

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