Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni spent the night with Ugandan troops based in Somalia during his second official visit to the war torn East African nation.
President Museveni spent the night meeting the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) commanders amid tight security at the Ugandan military at the Halane military camp in Somalia’s capital, the camp is the largest African Union Military base in Mogadishu. This is the second time Museveni is visiting Ugandan troops in Somalia since his first visit which was in November 2010.
“I thank you for helping our brothers and sisters in pacification of Somalia, and being a good example of unity,” the President said to the soldiers
The President further urged the troops to resist parochialism based on religion, gender disparities and clans, which he said is one of Africa’s major problems
Uganda deployed the UPDF in 2007, and currently maintains the largest peacekeeping force of 6,000 in Somalia, but recently has hinted on pulling out, citing cutting of support by the donor community according to the Monitor.
Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti forces are also in Somalia for peacekeeping with funding from the EU, US and United Nations.
Museveni was in Somalia for the 28th Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) plus extra-ordinary summit of heads of States hosted by Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud on Tuesday.
Somalia is one of the eight members of the regional bloc (IGAD) with Uganda, Kenya, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Sudan, South Sudan and Eritrea, established in 1986.
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