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Uganda has decided to pull out of all its international peacekeeping missions in DR Congo, Somalia and Central African Republic (CAR).

 

The “irreversible” decision comes a few weeks after a UN leaked report accused Uganda and its neighbour Rwanda of supporting and financing the M23 rebels in DR Congo. Both countries have categorically denied the allegations, more so Uganda.

Security minister Muruli Mukasa said at the Media Centre on Friday: “We have proposed to the United Nations that we want to withdraw our forces from the Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Somalia in order to concentrate on our own security.”

The explanation of concentrating on own security is obviously to put it diplomatically as another minister, Asuman Kiyingi, had already been quoted in an interview with BBC that Uganda would withdraw from these missions in retaliation over the report.

Indeed the minister later added: “Why do people want to tarnish our name? After all the sacrifices we have made to help our neighbours and ensure there is stability in the region. Therefore, let us watch our country and make sure there is enough security… Whoever wants to cause us trouble will have to find us in our country.”

Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi yesterday told Parliament that Uganda would withdraw her troops from international duties because her peacekeeping and stabilisation efforts had not been recognised but rather questioned by the UN report.

According to Lt. Gen. Katumba Wamala, the UPDF land forces commander, Uganda has since 2007 contributed at least 6,332 soldiers to the UN and African Union-backed peace mission in Somalia to combat al-Shabab insurgents. Relative peace has since been restored in the country. When the Ugandans arrived in 2007, they were only in control of a few blocks in Mogadishu but today most of the urban areas in Somalia are in government hands thanks to the effort.

As for the Central African Republic, the UPDF backed by the United States went into the country in pursuit against the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) who fled there after being defeated in northern Uganda. Eventually, a UN-backed force including Uganda and other regional armies was created to continue the pursuit and eliminate the LRA threat.

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+1 #1 Emma 2012-11-02 18:39
This is was long overdue.Please bring back our children.
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+2 #2 Jonathan Kalani 2012-11-02 18:43
It is good our boys are coming back, after all they don't recognise our contribution.It is good that the commander in chief has made this decision.

The so-called UN experts should ensure peace in the region. Let's withdraw and see if peace will return to Congo.
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+1 #3 Betty Long Cap 2012-11-02 18:47
Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi yesterday told Parliament that Uganda would withdraw her troops from international duties because her peacekeeping and stabilisation efforts had not been recognised but rather questioned by the UN report.

What a smoke screen! The world waits to find out the real reason for the withdrawal of troops. The Dictator wants to make sure there is enough security against the feared coup d'etat that is increasingly becoming inevitable.
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+11 #4 Olok S. 2012-11-02 19:08
Typical tactics by a one-man regime. M7 only sent troops into Somalia because by showing the West he was solidly on their side in their global war on terror, they would turn the other way, and ignore as much as possible his increasingly atrocious level of mis- rule back in Uganda.

This regime could be trying to do two things:

(1) Diversionary tactics- they're trying to distract Ugandans from the ever-increasing catalogue of serious criminal scandals that are being unearthed on an almost daily basis.

(2) Throwing the dummy out of the pram - the UN Report has rattled this Regime no end. They realise they (and their partner-in-crime Rwanda) have really been caught with their pants down this time.

This now is the only way for them to feign outrage, and anger. they have NO defence to these serious allegations. Uganda really scraped the bottom of the pit latrine when they got these career criminals to run the country for 26 years (and counting).....
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+14 #5 Kanyesigye Jonathan 2012-11-02 19:33
This is just threatening the West which found an invaluable personality in M7 for cleaning their faulty Foreign policies. There is no doubt M7 will do all it takes to succumb and swallow his vomits and will not pull out of Somalia and other spots.

The moment our citizens return to the Country from these missions which have been for the Political survival of M7, he definately faces an eminent military coup.It is very true that Both M7 and his brother Kagame have expansionist Policies for the Tutsi greater empire in the Region,, and the DRC is their prime target.
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+10 #6 Akot 2012-11-02 19:40
Betty Long Cap, Olok S. bravo!
As long as Uganda remains under NRM military dictatorship, co-countrymen Museveni & Kagame will try to make sure things remain this way in order to avoide fighting for leadership in Rwanda!

Their brother Kabila will pretend all is well in DRC while Rwandese invade & war monger in the Region! Rwandese must return to their mother land & solve their tribal differences & stop using International Community who do not understand the reason for upheavals in G.Lake Region - Rwandese are the problem & they must be told to go back home & live together on their land!

This also means Ugandans must come to gether & work to find solutions to their problems because if they don't, they will get no help from dev.nations. Non of them is coming to help a divided, tribalistic, racial people who can't live in peace with each other.
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+3 #7 Akot 2012-11-02 20:01
Now that Museveni is going to concentrate his forces on Ugandans ahead of 2016, Tribal & Opposition Leaders have no choise but get their ass together & help the people of Uganda get ride of Museveni & his band of thugs robbing our land dry, imprisoning who ever they want & leaving no chance for change for better life for the next generation!

Now is the time for Uganda politicians & tribal leaders to show leadership & get our people out of bondage to slavery & totalitarian military-police dictatorship of the worst kind in modern history!

Museveni, Kagame & Kabila, watch out, the poor in DRC & Uganda are not going to sleep & watch their lives go in the drainage for ever!
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+6 #8 Betty Long Cap 2012-11-02 20:03
Those international peacekeeping missions in DR Congo, Somalia and Central African Republic (CAR) were training grounds for the day when the the Ugandan velvet revolution turns from news media to the streets.

The western powers always pay mercenaries. When the rascal is ousted, soldiers become patriots.
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+3 #9 Ziri 2012-11-02 20:05
Good. Ani yali yabatuma yo
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+1 #10 Okeng Grace 2012-11-02 20:41
I never knew that our leaders are so unreasonable. If this is a mere leaked report, why don't you wait for the confirmation to make a correct decision.

Is this action a mere threat? At 50 years I thought Uganda had grown up to think and act like an adult. To me it seems our people know that the leaked report is TRUE !
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+5 #11 John Mwanje Kyakie. 2012-11-02 20:58
This is diversionary from the actual biting issues at a crucial moment when the Prime Minister's back is pressed against the wall on the disappearance of huge sums of money. Impeccable timing Hon. PM!
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+8 #12 Steven Nsubuga 2012-11-02 21:14
The beginning of the end to this atrocious regime. The noose is tightening albeit slowly around this regimes neck. Pretty soon, some regime cronies may be person no grata in some western countries.

I have always asked, have you seen Museveni in Washington the last four years? Have you seen him having a one on one meeting with Obama? I suspect he is rooting for a ROmney win because thats the only way he can once again confuse the very stupid republicans into leading Uganda in perpetuity!
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+2 #13 wodgot 2012-11-02 22:23
That will create a very good atmosphere for coup because so many of those tough officers will be left dangerously idle on 'KATEBE'.
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+1 #14 S M Burtons 2012-11-02 23:10
Some PR strategist here, Who is calling whose bluff. What if it backfires, After all Kenya seems to have the initiative and the Dirty work has already been.

However are we forgetting that elections in Kenya are weeks away! Reflect
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+3 #15 Donn Joseph 2012-11-02 23:34
UN,United states of America and the Western powers should stand firm against Museveni's black mail if he is pulling out the ugandan troops so be it,remember how he talked down UN by telling it to pull out of congo "they are a waste they don't know what they are doing,he alone can bring peace to congo

where as he knows he is supporting M23 rebels,remember Gaddafi's son who is now in custody he said when the war was going on in Libya that "all those countries fighting his fathers govt will be defeated and come back kneeling and begging" This time it will be Museveni who will go back begging he has alot to loose than UN
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+1 #16 kabayekka 2012-11-03 00:36
America failed to police the bloody country. Did Uganda think it would police Somalia for ever? Uganda removed Mobutu the dictator who had refused to go.

Who these days has refused to go and is dictating not only his country of rule but the whole of the African continent for years now?
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-1 #17 Jane 2012-11-03 05:10
This is one of the best news to come out of Uganda for a while. Alot of our soldiers have died in Somalia for a cause which has no benefit to us Ugandans, but instead has caused insecurity in Uganda.

If the Americans and western countries want to secure their countries against Al-Qa'ida , then they should send their foot soldiers to Somalia or the UN should try and solve the various world problems. This is what all countries pay their UN contributions for
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+3 #18 Betty Long Cap 2012-11-03 13:01
Quoting S M Burtons:
Some PR strategist here, Who is calling whose bluff. What if it backfires, After all Kenya seems to have the initiative and the Dirty work has already been.


MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — A series of violent attacks on the Kenyan coast blamed on a separatist movement called the Mombasa Republican Council highlights a growing feeling on Kenya's sandy shores that the country's rulers have long neglected the region and taken its resources as their own. nytimes.com

Museveni's biggest nightmare: the Baganda and the Acholi uniting in a separatist movement. Pull the King's men out and Museveni does not have a leg to stand on.
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+2 #19 Vincent Kizza 2012-11-03 13:20
The government i scared of of the donor action of withholding aid so they are now fumbling with these diversionary tactics! Shame!
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-2 #20 Bonabana 2012-11-03 15:01
I join you Jane Amen
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