Uganda: Lt Gen Kayanja Muhanga Leads Team to Investigate Al Shabaab Attack On UPDF Base

The commander of the Land Forces, Lt Gen Kayanja is leading a team to investigate the Friday morning attack on a UPDF in Somalia, the army has said.

In a statement released on Saturday morning, the army spokesperson, Brig Felix Kulayigye confirmed the attack and said a team has been dispatched to investigate the incident.

“A team of UPDF under the leadership of the commander Land Forces, Lt Gen Kayanja Muhanga has been dispatched to Somalia to ascertain the circumstances under which the attack happened and the way forward,” Brig Kulayigye said.

Lt Gen Muhanga ,a battle-hardened officer of the UPDF has previously served as commander of the Ugandan troops in Somalia as he helped fight Al Shabaab insurgents.

By leading the team to investigate the deadly attack, Gen Muhanga will use his experience and expertise to ascertain circumstances under which the incident happened.

The UPDF spokesperson on Saturday said the attack will not deter the Ugandan army’s commitment to the African Union Transmission Mission in Somalia’s efforts to pacify the horn of Africa country.

The attack

The Friday early morning attack targeted a UPDF forward operating base in Bulo Marer, 120 kilometers (75 miles) southwest of the capital Mogadishu.

Al-Shabab claimed in a statement that it carried out suicide bomb attacks and killed 137 Ugandan soldiers whereas others were taken as prisoners of war.