The Uganda government is contemplating whether to withdraw Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) serving under the auspice of Africa Mission to Somalia (AMISOM).
The Uganda People’s Defence Forces is appraising its operations in Somalia under the Africa Union Mission after nine years of trying to defeat the Al-shabaab militants.
The Uganda People’s Defence Forces was the first to deploy its troops in Somalia in 2007 under the African Union Mission.
The soldiers’ mandate is to assist in consolidating and expanding the territory of the federal government of Somalia and provide technical support to the Somali National Army.
The spokesperson of the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda however has denied claims that government is planning to withdraw UPDF soldiers from Somalia. He confirmed that the government is reviewing the mission.
“For now Uganda, is reviewing UPDF involvement in AMISOM, [but the] decision to withdraw [has] not yet been taken,” he said in a tweet last week.
The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is an active, regional peacekeeping mission operated by the African Union with the approval of the United Nations. It was created by the African Union’s Peace and Security Council on 19th January 2007 with an initial six month mandate.
AMISOM replaced and subsumed the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Peace Support Mission to Somalia or IGASOM, which was a proposed Inter-Governmental Authority on Development protection and training mission in Somalia approved by the African Union in September 2006.IGASOM was also approved by the United Nations Security Council.
In October, 2014, the UN Security Council (Resolution 2182 (2014) gave a green light to the African Union to continue its mission in Somalia.