Uganda: FDC Wants Govt to Withdraw Soldiers From War-Torn Somalia
22 May 2007
He was speaking during a press briefing at their offices in Najjanankumbi yesterday.
“The opposition MPs should lead the call for the return of our children,” Maj. Ruranga said.
“Why should our soldiers die in Somalia? We should have trained the Somalis to defend their country.”
He added that there was a tendency to think that the army should be at the centre of solving political problems. This he said should not be the case.
Parliament in February voted overwhelmingly on the government proposal to deploy the army in the war-stricken Somalia.
In March, 1,500 soldiers left for the war-torn country. Since then, five soldiers have been killed in bomb attacks, leaving several others injured.
Maj. Rubaramira alleged that Ugandan troops were in Somalia under the influence of America.
Army Spokesman Felix Kulaigye, however, said the presence of UPDF in Somalia is a noble cause. …
He said the death of the five soldiers could not have scared the rest. “When a soldier goes for a mission, you expect such things,” he said.
FDC Spokesperson Wafula Oguttu said $50,000 (about Shs82.5 million) paid to the families of the five dead UPDF soldiers is little.
“Can $50,000 buy your child?”
As US and Ethiopian soldiers (against the will of many Ethiopians) are waging aggressive war in Somalia, tragically but inevitably many Somalis will tend to see Ugandan soldiers, officially “peacekeepers”, as part of a violent occupation.
- Analysis: Uganda holds Somalia hostage in high-stakes diplomacy (dailymaverick.co.za)
- Uganda To Withdraw Troops from Somalia (muyama.wordpress.com)
- Uganda vows to withdraw peacekeepers over UN’s Congo claims (guardian.co.uk)