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“Ugandans Shunning Business Opportunities In Somalia”


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He made the remarks on Thursday as he spoke at a public dialogue on National Security at Hotel Africana, Kampala. The function was organized by the Centre for Constitutional Governance.

Kulaigye assured Ugandans that now the AMISOM assignment can be considered a success.

“Our forces pioneered this noble cause and because of our sacrifice we have managed to restore up to 80 percent of this nation back to the government,” he said.

“Mogadishu is now turning from the most feared to the one of the most visited cities in the region. But with the situation normalizing steadily, you don’t see Ugandans excited and envisaging lucrative business opportunities in Somalia,” said Kulayigye.

He noted that the same thing happened in neighboring Southern Sudan and Ugandans were on the losing end.

“We recently restored peace and stability to Southern Sudanese and gave them a nation, but Ugandans are not there. Only Kenyans are benefiting,” he said, adding that a few Ugandans who are doing business there are mainly conmen, which is why they fell out with the natives.

“The first Ugandan businessmen who went to Juba, South Sudan created a wrong impression on first encounter with the southern Sudanese. One could come here, purchase a vehicle at Shs 600,000 and sell it to a Southern Sudanese at Shs 100million,” said Kulaigye.”

The Army Commissar noted that Ugandans “forget that those people are a tough and no-nonsense species who cannot tolerate impunity.”

He said when they found out that Ugandans were thieves they fell out with the whole nation and swords were drawn.

As to whether government of Uganda had done enough to help its people establish themselves in these countries, the former UPDF mouthpiece said, it is not the role of the Army.

“Our part is to sweep the way for you and we have done that. Besides it only takes one’s determination, acumen, and creativity and not just government support,” said Kulaigye.

He added: “Some people have come to me and I have ably given them connections in Somalia and they are doing well, but that’s only a few. Where are the rest?”

Meanwhile Kulaigye said the AMISOM has been dragging on positively despite quite a number of challenges.

“On top of a fierce language barrier amongst natives rather than nationalism, we don’t have helicopters to make supplies to our troops, evacuate casualties, and avoid rebel ambushes.”

He emphasized that Ugandans need increased physical and financial funding at this critical moment in time.


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