PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni has mourned the four UPDF soldiers who died last week in Somalia on an African Union peace-keeping mission.
In a message delivered at the burial of Pte. Osbert Tugume, Museveni described the soldiers as â€œheroes who died while trying to bring peace in Africa and Somalia.â€ While on patrol last week, Tugume, Ojok Kilama, Frederick Wanda and Julius Peter Ongu serving under AMISOM, (the African Union Mission in Somalia), were killed in a bomb blast in the Somali capital Mogadishu.
Museveni urged the families of the slain soldiers not to castigate the Government over the deaths.
He reminded them that in the past, soldiers from other countries had come to Uganda to liberate the country. â€œDo not take the anger of losing your loved ones too far because they died while on a mission to ensure that the African brothers in Somalia live in peace,â€ Museveni said.
â€œSome Tanzanians died here while on duty fighting for Ugandaâ€™s peace and freedom,â€ he added. Tanzanian troops fought alongside Ugandan groups to oust Idi Amin. The Presidentâ€™s message was delivered by the state minister for industry, Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu.
He also delivered a message from defence minister Dr. Crispus Kiyonga.
Tugume was buried in Nyaruhanga village in Sheema, Bushenyi district on Sunday.
Museveni mourns slain soldiers