Gulu War Veterans Turn Up for Somalia Mission

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Hundreds of ex-service men have turned up in Gulu to be drafted into the Ugandan contingent of African Union Peace Mission (AMISOM) in Somalia.

Hundreds of ex-service men have turned up in Gulu to be drafted into the Ugandan contingent of African Union Peace Mission (AMISOM) in Somalia.
 
The ex-servicemen are responding to the call made by the army for war veterans to turn up to be vetted to be part of the 2000 additional strong force that is due to be taken to Somalia.
 
Navinson Kidega, the head of security in Gulu district, says the army has notified his office to coordinate the recruitment of 241 war veterans from northern Uganda to go and serve in Somalia.
 
Kidega says the 241 from northern Uganda will form part of the 2000 ex-servicemen who are due to be taken to serve under AMISOM in Somalia. He says those who are being vetted at the 4th Division Army Headquarters in Gulu include former local defense Unit personnel.
 
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Kidega explains that for one to qualify he must produce a discharge certificate that he got from the army leadership and be physically fit.
 
Opio Sam who is among those who turned up for recruitment said the call to go back to serve in the army is timely because most veterans like him are faced with economic hardships.
 
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Uganda, which deployed in Somalia on 6th March 2007, is currently the highest contributor of foreign troops that are trying to stabilize Somalia.
 
Somalia has not had peace since the overthrow of former President Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991.