Al-Shabaab in Somalia a weakened force

By Godfrey Olukya

Posted on Monday, 10 November 2014 16:10

Katumba, who was addressing a contingent of Ugandan soldiers returning from a peacekeeping mission in Somalia under AMISOM, said Al-Shabaab militants will be pursued wherever they go.

We have moved over 220km out of Mogadishu and dealt with the militants in other areas in Somalia

He said against all odds and much pessimism, AMISOM had been able to “stabilise Somalia by driving the Al-Shabaab from several towns and key installations”.

“What is on the ground now? We have moved over 220km out of Mogadishu and dealt with the militants in other areas in Somalia,” Katumba said.

Mogadishu, the Horn of Africa country’s capital, has in recent years witnessed a rebirth after Al-shabab militants were pushed out.

Sanity has returned in most parts of the country, with Mogadishu flourishing with new buildings and businesses.

Uganda recently announced it would send an additional 2,754 peacekeepers to boost security in areas liberated by AMISOM.

At least 17 Ugandan peacekeepers have lost their lives since the beginning of the peacekeeping efforts in 2007.

Uganda was the first African country to send a peacekeeping mission to Somalia following a request from the African Union in 2007.

Burundi and Kenya have also contributed to AMISOM troops.

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