The Monitor (Kampala)

23 April 2011

Somalia: Uganda to Send More Troops to Somalia

The Uganda People's Defence Forces Generals have asked for an additional 4,000 soldiers to be sent to the peace-keeping mission (Amisom) in Somalia.

Making the request before the parliamentary Committee on Defence and Internal Affairs, the Commander of Land Forces, Lt. Gen. Katumba Wamala, said, "Although the troops in the war-torn Somalia have registered success, there is need to fully wipe out the insurgents and have full control of the country."

"We see reduced al-Shabab activity both in Somalia and in the region but if we can finish them we will not be having them disturbing the peace." UPDF currently boasts of 4,600 troops in Somalia and manages close to 60 per cent of the city, Mogadishu.

The Amison Mission is a peace support operation in Somalia to stabilise the security situation in the country and ensure a peaceful transition to democracy. The UPDF have been in Somalia for the last four years and about 90 soldiers, according to Lt. Gen. Wamala have died.

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