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Uganda military says to start withdrawing troops from Somalia

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- The Ugandan military on Wednesday said it will start the phased withdrawal of its peacekeepers deployed in Somalia late next month in line with African Union and United Nations Security Council resolutions.

Military spokesperson Brig. Richard Karemire told Xinhua that plans have been put in place for the condition-based drawdown of its over 6,000 troops serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) by Dec. 31.

“The mission in Somalia is mandated by the United Nations. The Security Council in May extended the mandate but also a condition-based drawdown,” said Karemire.”As a troop contributing country we are going by it and have plans in place.”

Karemire said the troop’s withdrawal is also pegged on the ability of the Somali National Security Forces to ably take over the security of the Horn of Africa country.

“The Somali Security Forces are still growing with support from AMISOM and partners,” said Karemire.

AMISOM is comprised of troops drawn from Uganda, Burundi, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti who are deployed in six sectors covering south and central Somalia.

The Special Representative of the African Union Chairperson for Somalia Francisco Madeira announced on Tuesday that some 1,000 soldiers from the 22,000 strong regional force will be withdrawn from Somalia by Dec. 31.

As part of the military drawdown, Madeira said, the pan-African body will deploy an extra 500 police officers to strengthen training and mentoring for Somali Police.

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Lecturers at Uganda’s oldest university go on strike over payment of arrears

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- Lecturers at Uganda’s oldest and top university, Makerere University, started a strike on Tuesday to demand that the management pay their arrears.

Deus Kahunda Muhwezi, spokesperson of the lecturers’ association, told Xinhua on Wednesday the university council has failed to honor and pay the teaching staff incentives arrears since July 2016.

Muhwezi said the outstanding arrears amount to 56 billion shillings (about 20 million U.S. dollars).

The lecturers are also protesting the management’s failure to harmonize salaries structures for the academic staff.

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Ugandan police suspends officers suspected of drug trafficking

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- The Ugandan police on Tuesday said it has suspended nine of its officers suspected of drug trafficking.

Police spokesperson Asan Kasingye told Xinhua that Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura suspended the officers who are currently under police custody.

He said the suspension is to pave way for investigations into the disappearance of 85 kg of cocaine seized by police.

Uganda is seen as a transit point for drug traffickers from South America and Southeast Asia.

             

 

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