Uganda Reconsiders Troop Pullout From Somalia, Museveni Saysby
Uganda is reconsidering plans to withdraw its troops from Somalia, where an African Union force fighting al-Qaeda-linked militants hasn’t received allowances from the European Union, President Yoweri Museveni said.
“We shall not pull out if we move in the right direction, especially the army,” Museveni told reporters Monday in Entebbe after a regional security meeting attended by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Museveni didn’t give further details.
The 22,000-strong African Union mission in Somalia, or Amisom, receives backing from the EU, which hasn’t disbursed allowances to troops for six months, the British Broadcasting Corp. reported last month, citing an unidentified EU official. The EU plans to resume funding in September, the Daily Nation, a Kenyan newspaper reported June 28, citing Gary Quince, the head of the EU delegation to the continental body.
Uganda joined Amisom in 2007 and is the force’s biggest contributor, with more than 6,000 troops. Burundi, Kenya, Djibouti and Ethiopia also have soldiers in the country, where they’re battling Islamist militant group al-Shabaab.