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Uganda's Mission In Somalia Hangs In Balance


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For the last several months however, the Mission has not reported any further advancements on the rebel forces strongholds and further into the capital Mogadishu, raising concerns about the progress of the AMISOM in the country.

Gen Katumba Wamala, Chief of Defense Forces of the UPDF, which constitutes a better portion of the mission forces, said in press briefing on Tuesday that the AMISOM had been stretched to the maximum, where they could not afford any further advancement, seizure and control of any more rebel dominated areas.

“We have been pushed to the limit,” he said. “We don’t think we can make further displacements of the rebels or go for any more operations against them”

He noted that the AMISOM was running out of forces supplies and that it was now upon the AU and UN to make a quick decision to reinforce the mission.

“We need an increment on the forces of up to 20,000, more training, more helicopters, and if we cannot get these, it will be very difficult for us to keep up the mission,” said.

The same had earlier been echoed by another UPDF AMISOM official Col Felix Kulayigye who noted that the mission badly lacked helicopters to make supplies to the troops, evacuate casualties, and avoid rebel ambushes.

According to Gen Katumba, the AMISIOM had advised the UN and AU to alternatively recruit more Somali soldiers into the mission, give them more training, equip and pay them to fill the gap, as this would enhance the nation’s ability to sustain peace even when the foreign forces had left, but the agencies had not responded.

Failure by the Mission forces to curtail Al Shabaab activities could plunge the entire region in extreme peril as there have already been claims that this was partly the reason behind the Nairobi attacks on a shopping mall that killed over 70 innocent people.

General Katumba too consents to the fact that the mission’s failure would give the Al Shabaab time to recover, perfect their skills and reestablish their terror on the region.

“Al Shabaab is the backbone of terrorism in this region,” he noted. “Allowing them to thrive in Somalia would definitely breed ground for more danger. The best would be to deal with them once for all.”

He added, “I personally would rather we do something short and smart, rather than having it continue endlessly. This is what the AMISOM wants, but we don’t have a choice.”

Uganda is leading the AMISOM forces in Somalia and has since lost a considerable number of soldiers on the frontline.


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