Military Capabilities

Uganda reveals size of training mission in Equatorial Guinea

23 January 2019

The Ugandan Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 22 January that 248 soldiers serving with the second training team in Equatorial Guinea had been welcomed home, while a third team had been recently deployed.

The mission began in February 2017, when Ugandan People's Defence Force (UPDF) spokesman Brigadier Richard Karemire said 100-150 personnel had been deployed to Equatorial Guinea for a year to build the capacity of the oil-rich West African state's armed forces.

The Daily Monitor newspaper cited "highly placed military sources" as saying troops from logistics, special forces, intelligence, medical, and motorised infantry units were quietly deployed to Equatorial Guinea in 2016 to reinforce security for President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

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