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Museveni Draws Somalia War Plan At London Conference


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“They still maintain rural bases from where they operate undisturbed, away from the Regional and Somali Government forces. It is from those rural areas that they infiltrate into the towns and kill people. This is not good. Anybody who kills people must be held accountable,” said Museveni.

The President was speaking at the Somalia International Conference at Lancaster in London, UK on Tuesday.

The function brought together several stakeholders to plan for the reconstruction of a country that has borne the brunt of decades of destructive civil wars.

Museveni said Uganda had shared its views with the President of Somalia.

War plan

The President observed the need for rapid training of the new officer-corp of the Somali Army comprised of young Somalis with A’ level secondary education and above so that the soldiers Uganda has been training with the European Union (EU) have leadership.

He noted Uganda was ready to train any number of officer-cadets that Somalia can send even at “our own cost.”

Museveni called for the training the Non-commissioned officers (NCOs) who link the Officer with the soldier and the technical staff of the Somali Army (for tanks, artillery, aviation, etc) “so that the Somali Army has a technological edge over the terrorists.”

He added: “If you only maintain infantry to infantry equilibrium between the Government Army and the insurgents, that is the best way to maintain insecurity in Somalia. The Government Army must have technological superiority over the terrorists,” said Museveni, whose troops have helped to liberate Somalia from Al Shabaab militants.

The President further appealed for the use of Army Aviation (gunships) and Air-force to target the terrorists who are killing people with impunity from their rural bases.

“In this connection, the UN should replace our gunships that perished in an accident in Kenya on their way to Somalia ? so that we use them as force multipliers,” he said, referring to UPDF warplanes that crushed in Mt Kenya in 2012.

Museveni said the Somali Army should expand recruitment so that “we are able to have both mobile and zonal forces,” adding, “The zonal forces should guard the liberated area while the mobile forces, aided by Army Aviation and the Air-force, hunt the terrorists.”

Having led a six-year guerilla war struggle that saw NRA capture power in 1986, Museveni relied on his experience to advise that the Somali Army needs to integrate the militias, screen them guided by professional standards and, thereafter, carry out fresh recruitment from the villages to raise adequate numbers to guard the country.

“In Uganda we use the quota system for recruitment. Every district must bring an assigned number of people to join the National Army. In that way, Somalis will build a National Army by terminating factionalism and warlord loyalties,” advised Museveni.

While training young officer-cadets is crucial, said Museveni, also training the older fighters from the militias, who are quite often illiterate and cannot write, is also crucial.

“Special courses should be designed for them ensuring that the inability to read and write notwithstanding, these leaders know what needs to be done practically ? section attack, platoon attack drills, etc,” he noted.

“Now that basic training at Bihanga in Uganda was ended, let us send the trainers inside Somalia so that we do the training there. If these steps are taken, security will be restored in the whole of Somalia. That is the responsibility of the Mogadishu Government. Piracy will also end because the pirates come from land. They are not aquatic animals.”

Museveni used the platform to express his disappointment with the international community which continues to send money to Somalia through civil groups.

“While privatizing companies is a correct economic solution, privatizing the State is not a good idea. Much of the financial support should go through the Somali Government ? so that it builds capacity. To by-pass the Somali Government and pass funds to private groups will compound problems,” he observed.

He also called for what he described as “Peace Trinity” by bringing together the internal stakeholders, the respective Regions and the International Community to rebuild Somalia.

“In the Christian religion, we talk of the Holy Trinity –God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Similarly, we also need to talk of the “Peace Trinity” by bringing together the internal stakeholders, the respective Regions and the International Community.

“In the case of Somalia, we have moved well through the Somali actors agreeing to form a National Government in Nairobi in the year 2004 and the Somalis electing a new Parliament and President last September, the Region creating AMISOM and the International Community giving financial and intelligence support.”


He assured this “Trinity” has been able to defeat Al-Shabaab in Mogadishu, Kismayu, Afgoye, Baidoa, Marka, Johar.

Somali continues to grapple with insecurity especially in Mogadishu, with terrorists detonating explosives leading to bloodshed.


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