Johannesburg – Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has threatened to withdraw his country’s forces from the UN peacekeeping mission in Somalia if the organisation goes ahead with a plan to reduce the number of troops involved with the mission.
Museveni issued the warning during a recent high-level ministerial meeting with ministers in charge of refugees from the Great Lakes Region in the Ugandan capital Kampala, the East African reported. Most of Amisom’s force of 21 626 troops come from Uganda.
The Uganda president added that he recently informed the UN Security Council (UNSC) that his country would withdraw its entire contingent of 6 400 peacekeepers from Somalia if the UN proceeds with the plan to downscale operations in Somalia.
The UN Security Council passed a resolution in 2017 which proposed the phased cutback of peacekeepers in Somalia, with a full pullout by 2020, due to budget restraints and irregular funding from member states.
But the Ugandan leader said this plans showed a “total lack of seriousness” in ridding Somalia of the Al Shabaab threat on the part of the international organisation.