Najjanankumbi — Opposition Forum for Democratic Change has called on the government to withdraw UPDF troops from Somalia.
FDC Secretary for Electoral Affairs Rubaramira Ruranga asked Parliament to annul its decision of sending UPDF soldiers to the war-torn horn of Africa country.
He was speaking during a press briefing at their offices in Najjanankumbi yesterday.
"The opposition MPs should lead the call for the return of our children," Maj. Ruranga said.
"Why should our soldiers die in Somalia? We should have trained the Somalis to defend their country."
He added that there was a tendency to think that the army should be at the centre of solving political problems. This he said should not be the case.
Parliament in February voted overwhelmingly on the government proposal to deploy the army in the war-stricken Somalia. In March, 1,500 soldiers left for the war-torn country. Since then, five soldiers have been killed in bomb attacks, leaving several others injured.
Maj. Rubaramira alleged that Ugandan troops were in Somalia under the influence of America. Army Spokesman Felix Kulaigye, however, said the presence of UPDF in Somalia is a noble cause.
"Our presence in Somalia shows things are steadily improving. Having an unstable Somalia is dangerous to the East Africa region," he said.
He said the death of the five soldiers could not have scared the rest. "When a soldier goes for a mission, you expect such things," he said.
FDC Spokesperson Wafula Oguttu said $50,000 (about Shs82.5 million) paid to the families of the five dead UPDF soldiers is little.
"Can $50,000 buy your child? Unless other African Union members deploy, we should pull out and leave those people to sort themselves out," he said.