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UPDF Veterans in Busoga Positive For Joining Amisom

Busoga region has registered 223 reservists that will join their colleagues at Singo military barracks to form Uganda’s battle groups thirty-one and thirty-two which will foster UPDF’s operations under African union mission in Somalia-AMISOM.
Busoga region UPDF spokesperson, George Musinguzi, addressing journalists.

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Veterans from Busoga sub-region are optimistic of improving their livelihoods after they have served under the peacekeeping mission in Somalia.

Last week, the Uganda People’s Defence Forces(UPDF) recalled 2,752 retired soldiers for deployment in Somalia under the AMISOM.

The national wide call targeted retired UPDF veterans from the rank of Major and below.

Busoga region has registered 223 reservists that will join their colleagues at Singo military barracks to form Uganda’s battle groups thirty-one and thirty-two which will foster UPDF’s operations under African union mission in Somalia-AMISOM.

Speaking to journalists after completing their medical check-ups in Jinja district on Thursday, the reservists, majority of who are smallholder farmers say that, they will use this opportunity to work hard and boost their daily incomes.

Rtd sgt. Isaac Gandira, says that he has been riding a motorcycle to fetch him a daily income.

He however that the money he has been reaping could not cater for his children’s school dues and daily upkeep.

He adds that since the peace support operations will last a period of one year, it will give him enough time to save money and start income-generating enterprise.

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Rtd Pte. Salim Kalisoliso says that he has been living in poverty, due to lack of a reliable source of income to supplement his voluntary clerical services.

Kalisoliso says, given this second chance to serve in the UPDF, hopes are high that, his livelihood will be boosted.

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Rtd Pte. Musa Waiswa, a subsistence farmer says that he lacks capacity to operate a commercial farm on his two-acre piece of land.

Waiswa stresses that, while working with UPDF, he will be financially independent to cater for his family’s basic needs.

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George Musinguzi the Busoga region UPDF spokesperson says that they registered low turn up of female participants with three women registered in the whole region.

 

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