The African union peace keeping initiative is underway. In a few weeks’ time, on a peace-keeping mission. Ugandan troops will be entering Somalia
The 1,500 Ugandan troops are to be deployed in the capital city only, where they believe they can secure it and stand their ground. They are fully prepared for this mission they say, but I doubt they will make much of difference. For all their worth, they will start violent clashes with the residents and use heavy artillery. And for an army that
uses Helicopter gunships to annihilate their herdsmen tribes and isndiscriminately kill women and children, this possibility is very likely.
And that’s chiefly why I believe that the AU peacekeeping initiative is likely to backfire. Brute force will never solve anything. Furthermore, those oppossed to the Transitional federal Government will see the deployment of African troops as an external force, rather than a peacekeeping force. And with so many Somalis oppossed to the TFG, a greater form of violence will be witnessed in the capital, than previously seen.
For the past weeks there have been daily mortar attacks and bloodshed in the capital, further debilitating the weak government. Other countries that have also pledged troops include Nigeria, Burundi, Ghana and Malawi, but whether their troops will be sent or not is another matter.