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Uganda’s Mission in Somalia: Reassessing priorities & combating corruption

The recent attack on the UPDF base in Bulo Marer, Somalia, has brought to light concerning issues of unpreparedness among soldiers and potential corruption within the deployment process.

President Yoweri Museveni’s remarks regarding the distinction between welfare and combat missions, as well as the manipulation of deployments for personal gain, necessitate a critical examination of the conduct of certain officers.

As Uganda mourns the loss of its soldiers, it is crucial to question the continued presence of the country in Somalia and other conflict zones, considering the sacrifices made and the risks faced by our troops.

The assault by Al Shabaab militants on the UPDF base raises serious concerns about the level of preparedness and training provided to our soldiers. The possibility that some officers exploited the deployment process for personal gain is a betrayal of the trust placed in them and undermines the sacrifices made by our courageous soldiers.

Such misconduct is not only morally reprehensible but also jeopardizes national security and puts the lives of our troops at risk. President Museveni’s comments, emphasizing the distinction between combat and welfare missions, strike a chord with the gravity of the situation. The loss of lives suffered by our soldiers prompts us to question whether Uganda’s continued involvement in Somalia is justified.

We must critically assess whether the benefits of maintaining peace in these war-torn areas outweigh the inherent risks and sacrifices endured by our troops.

The insinuation of corruption within the deployment process should be a cause for concern for all Ugandans. It is disheartening to consider that personal interests and favoritism may have compromised the safety and effectiveness of our soldiers.

Such unethical practices undermine the integrity of our armed forces and impede their ability to successfully carry out their missions. Swift action must be taken to identify and hold accountable those responsible for manipulating the deployment system.

The loss of soldiers’ lives must serve as a wake-up call for Uganda to prioritize the welfare and preparedness of our troops. The government should invest in comprehensive training programs, ensure access to necessary resources and equipment, and establish robust accountability mechanisms to prevent corruption within the military.

Only by safeguarding the lives and well-being of our soldiers can we expect them to carry out their duties effectively and protect national interests.

The attack on the UPDF base in Bulo Marer calls for a thorough examination of Uganda’s presence in Somalia and other conflict zones. The allegations of unprepared soldiers and corruption within the deployment process demand immediate action and accountability.

It is time for Uganda to reassess its priorities and evaluate whether the cost, in terms of soldiers’ lives, is justifiable in the pursuit of peace. Our soldiers deserve better, and their sacrifices should not be in vain. The nation must strive for integrity, preparedness, and the protection of its most valuable assets—the brave men and women in uniform.


+1 #1 Lakwena 2023-06-05 15:05
The Observer Editors, according Murphy's Law, "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong".

In other words, it must be humbling what happened to the UPDF in Somalia.

It is humbling because Gen Tibuhaburwa and some of his Generals used to chest-thumb and mocked the American Marines (a Super power force) for being humiliated by ragtag Somali Warlords (18 killed) in Mogadishu in Oct 1993; when Warlord, Aidid’s supporters dragged the body of one dead soldier through the streets of Mogadishu,
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