Uganda’s defense minister in Mogadishu, pledges more troops

(Alshahid)Uganda’s Defense Minister Crispus Kiyonga arrived in Mogadishu on Monday for a four day visit to assess Somalia’s Security situation only weeks after Alshabab fled the war torn capital.

Kiyinga met with his Somali counterpart, Hussein Arab Isse and Somali President, Sharif Sheikh Ahmed at Villa Somalia, according to AMISOM spokesperson.

Kiyonga’s visit to the Somali capital is said to be for assessing the recent military achievements by both the Somali forces and AU peacekeepers. His trip is also aimed at showing Uganda’s continued support for the Somali government.

Kiyonga praised the recent achievements by Somali forces with the help of AMISOM troops, underscoring that Uganda and Burundi will send an extra 3,000 troops to the war-ravaged horn of African nation.

He visited the AMISOM main camp in Mogadishu’s Halane neighbourhood yesterday and also paid visits to refugee camps housing famine-displaced people in the city.

“On behalf of my country Uganda, we would wish to take of advantage this opportunity to express our sympathy with the people of Somalia because of famine has hit this country,” Defense Minister Crispus Kiyonga told reporters.

Alshabab suddenly retreated from most of the Somali capital a month ago, leaving an uneasy calm in the city.


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