Saturday, 13 May 2017

MUSEVENI: Somalia can heal completely and stand on its own

London, UK| THE INDEPENDENT UG | Uganda President Yoweri Museveni has said Somalia can heal completely and stand on its own feet if the country's business class is supported, patriotic pan-Somalia political parties emerge and a truly national army is recruited and equipped.

Museveni outlined eight key achievements brought about by the intervention of the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) troops. He said the AMISOM effort has led to the revival of Somalia, but pointed out economic, political and military bottlenecks stand in the way to full recovery of the country.

Key to the achievements, he said, is that the Somali Government moved from exile in Kenya where it had been based, to Mogadishu, and indirect elections have been held regularly since. He also mentioned that the menace of piracy at sea has been tamed.

"Our strongly held view is that it is not enough to check Al-Shabaab. Somalia must heal completely and stand on its own feet. In our view, there are a number of bottlenecks that stop the complete healing of Somalia," Museveni told the International conference on Somalia in London on Thursday May 11, 2017.

At the meeting, attended by key African leaders, US defence secretary Jim Mattis and UK Prime Minister Theresa May, Somalia struck a new stability pact with the international community that is aimed at steadying the fragile state by bolstering its security, staving off famine and rebooting its economy.


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