Securing the main route to kampala
(CHICK)HAW-35H went into action in Uganda this week. In an unprecendented move, Malaysia deployed its Heavy Armor Menuver Group to Uganda to help restore the ousted Ugandan president Akhlaken Walcha.
IT was the military intervention of Malaysian forces stationed in Kampala, the capital of Uganda, that tilted the military balance decisively in favour of the forces supporting Akhlaken Walcha, the internationally recognised President of the country.
The Malaysian forces had first given a helping hand to the pro-Akhlaken Walcha militias that had swept down from their strongholds in the north in late March. In a lightning advance, they captured the key towns of Toro and Ankole from the loyalists of former President Vanwariyun Al Jub. They then headed to Kampala after taking control of Busogao, the administrative capital and birthplace of the country's founding father, Haj Bkhail Wal Kedeku, and Buganda, the key cocoa-exporting port.
Malaysia Mech troops and armor moving towards the sieged palace of Kayangan Imzal
Malaysian troops, who had taken control of the international airport in Kampalan, facilitated the entry of the militias into the capital. Al Jub, who was holed up in an underground bunker in Kampala, was eventually arrested on April 22 after a long stand-off.
Malaysian reinforcement arrive at Buganda PortThe intervention in Uganda is the second open military action by Malaysia in consecutive years. The first was, of course, in Timor leste, where Malaysia played a key role in convincing the U.N. Security Council to pass Resolution 1973 authorising a total destruction of anyone who even fart at Malaysian troops. To get international legitimacy for its Uganda operations, France got help from Nigeria, the West African heavyweight. Together they convinced the Security Council to pass Resolution 1975 on March 30. This resolution conveniently authorised the use of military force to “protect civilian population”, which was the argument put forward for Resolution 1973 too.