Katumba visits wounded UPDF soldiers in hospital

KAMPALA.

The UPDF Chief of Defence Forces, Gen Edward Katumba Wamala, on Thursday flew from Mogadishu to Nairobi to visit Ugandan soldiers wounded in the al-Shabaab attack.

A statement issued by the Uganda People’s Defence Forces yesterday said Gen Katumba visited 10 wounded soldiers at Karen Hospital where they were admitted with serious injuries.

“UPDF is humbled by the brotherly and professional care the government and people of Kenya have given to our troops who get injured in combat since we started operating under Amison,” the statement quotes Gen Wamala as saying.
Three soldiers are said to be in critical condition but others are recuperating.

“The injured are in a steady condition although some are quite critical,” the statement said.

The al-Shabaab attack on the UPDF base in Janaale, south of Mogadishu on Tuesday, has revived debate on the need to use military helicopters to bolster Amisom operations against al-Shabaab militants.

“It would be much easier if we had the helicopters because they are a force multiplier. We would be performing much better in terms of surveillance and engaging the enemy from source,” said Maj Henry Obbo, the deputy spokesperson.

Last month, the UPDF spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, said the army was planning to deploy attack helicopters in the Somalia operations.

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