An emissary led by Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud arrived in Kampala, Uganda, to conclude the training of Somali Armed Forces units that had completed their training in Uganda On Saturday night,
President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud expressed his gratitude to the Uganda government for aiding the Somali forces abate the Al-Shabaab menace.
He emphasized the significance of reforming the Armed Forces, stating that they form the foundation of the government and that very fundamental in hammering the enemy
Uganda’s President has already pledged to support Somalia by training their Armed Forces and stressed the importance of reforming them.
Museveni opines that Somalia’s perrenial security problem can be subsided by consololidating Somali National Army, enabling it to assume responsibility from the African Union ATMIS.
Uganda has been on a peacekeeping mission in Somalia since 2007. It has the largest contingent in the African Union Mission in Somalia , comprising Banadir , Middle and Lower Shabelle regions.
In a recent interview with the press Hussein Sheikh-Ali, the chief of staff of the Somali National Army, stated that Somalia had sent 3,000 soldiers each to Eritrea and Uganda in the preceding few weeks, and an additional 6,000 recruits would be sent to Ethiopia and Egypt. The goal, he said, is to have 15,000 soldiers ready by the end of 2023.
Somalia’s Defense Minister stated that the move was part of a larger strategy to increase the number of trained soldiers to 15,000 within 2023.