Ugandan Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda said that Somali forces “are not yet ready to fully take responsibility for the country’s security,”
Mr. Rugunda warned the UN on its push for a gradual reduction in a number of Amisom troops and channeling most efforts to strengthening Somali security setup.
“The failure to carefully manage the process could imperil the political and security gains that have been made in Somalia,” he warned.
Uganda, with more than 6,000 troops in Somalia, is the largest contributor to the 10-year-old African Union-led mission.
He said the security situation in Somalia has improved significantly since African countries deployed troops under the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) 11 years ago
AMISOM was created by the African Union’s Peace and Security Council in 2007 with an initial six-month mandate on a peacekeeping mission.
The aim of the peacekeeping mission was to support a national reconciliation congress.
Later, the mandate was extended as terrorists loyal to Al-Shabaab continued attacking different countries in the East African region, with strong bases in Somalia.
In November last year, AMISON announced that it would withdraw 1,000 of the 22,000 fighters from the Horn of Africa by the end of the year and that all foreign peacekeepers would have withdrawn by the end of 2020.