The activities were carried out in the Mogadishu and Ceeljaale regions of Somalia.
UPDF Contingent Commander Brig Gen Peter Gaetano Omola in Mogadishu led the troops to clean Marina Market.
“UPDF values the local population as key to its success. That’s why we are carrying out these activities to give back to you the community as a way of appreciating the support you have always rendered to us. Without you we can’t do much,” he said.
He additionally thanked them for their important role in partnering with the ATMIS forces to defeat Alshabaab. He then asked them to maintain the spirit.
Mr. Abdallah Mohamed Ali, the Marina market chairman expressed his gratitude to the UPDF.
“I have grown into an old man but I have never seen or heard of an army that respects the local population like UPDF. I am a living testimony to this and I have the trust and confidence that Alshabaab propagandists will be defeated completely. We shall continue to support you for this justified cause.”
In Ceeljaale, the troops cleaned Ceeljaale market, Fiqi primary and secondary school, and Almunye primary school.
Mr. Mohamed Osman Musa, the district Commissioner Marka congratulated UPDF up on its 42nd Tarehe Sita and pledged full support. Also at the scene in Ceeljaale was SNA commander for Ceeljaale battalion Maj Abdukadir Munye among others.
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