With the mounting pressure for a Peacekeeping Force to be deployed, Museveni’s first few soldiers have set foot in Somalia today. With a strong statement he also added that Ugandan troops were not in Somalia to disarm the militias wreaking havoc throughout the capital city, but to help empower the infant Government.
Since the Islamic Union was ousted last year by the Ethiopian forces, Somalia’s capital city has witnessed a spate of attacks from both the Ethiopian forces as well as the opposing local gunmen. This has led thousands of people fleeing from their homes and cities and moving on to other neighbouring areas.
Uganda’s presence in Somalia is opposed by many and if it doesn’t help root out the militias in Mogadishu and its vicinity, then what use have they? If they are going to watch the country burn and slide back to the road of anarchy, clearly paved out for it now, then they can surely be dismissed can’t they?
Other possible contributors for the peacekeeping mission include Burundi (1700), Nigeria (850) Ghana and possibly Malawi.