President Yoweri Museveni has been praised for bringing peace and stability to the war-torn country of Somalia.
Somali Defense Minister Abdulkadir Muhamed Noor Jamah applauded Museveni for supporting the Somali people during their time of need.
“Somalia had partnered with so many African countries, including Uganda, and it was a good gesture that Uganda always stands with the people of Somalia,” he said in a statement released on Monday. .
He made the remarks while officiating as the chief guest of Uganda’s 60th Independence Anniversary celebrations held at the Ugandan Embassy in Mogadishu on Sunday, October 9.
Abdulkadir congratulated the people of Uganda on reaching the 60th anniversary of their autonomy and said there was so much to celebrate in Uganda, especially on how far Uganda has come on the road to peace, stability and development.
James Swan, the United Nations (UN) Special Representative in Somalia, thanked Museveni for his role in ensuring peace and stability, not only through the military sphere, but also through diplomatic means, advice and leadership in Somalia and across the region.
Swan specifically highlighted the crucial year 2011 when President Museveni led and led to a smooth conclusion of the talks/dialogue after the expiration of the mandate of the Transitional Federal Government.
Uganda’s Deputy Head of Mission in Somalia, Ambassador Maj Gen (rtd) Nathan Mugisha reiterated Uganda’s willingness to put down roots to strengthen regional and sub-regional organizations as hubs for promoting the peace, security, economic development, regional integration, good governance, humanitarian aspects.
Mugisha said Uganda’s position is driven by ideals of African interdependence which include, among others, a shared sense of destiny, justice, freedom, security, prosperity, pluralism, hard work, resilience and peace.
His remarks were made by the Charge d’Affaires at the Ugandan Embassy, Robert Mugimba.
Mugisha affirmed Uganda’s commitment to support the Federal Government of Somalia in the fight against the insurgents.
Brigadier General Keith Katungi, the commander of Uganda’s military contingent in Somalia, took the celebrants through Uganda’s history from 1894, when the British declared Uganda their protectorate until independence in this day.
Others present at the function were Deputy Minister of Defense of Somalia, Abdul Fatah Khasim Muhamad, Yousuf, Chief of the Somali National Army Defense Forces, General Yusuf Rageeh Adowa, Commander of the African Transition Mission Force, Lt. Gen. Diomede Ndegeya and Director of the United Nations Support Office in Somalia Harjit Dhindsa, among other dignitaries.