Uganda has extended its goodwill and neighborliness by saying that it is ready and willing to deploy 5,000 troops in Somalia outside the African Union and United Nations mandate. Brig. Richard Karemire, the military and defense spokesperson in Uganda, has said that the military is capable and ready to conduct an all-out offensive operation against the Al-Shabaab militants.
However, the spokesman maintained that the deployment was contingent with support from the international community including regular funding, donates military equipment, force enablers and multipliers such as attack helicopters for the operations against the insurgents. He reiterated that operation of troops under AMISOM is marred by a lot of rules that have hindered the successful elimination of the terrorists in the Horn of Africa country.
Moreover, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is reported to have told Donald Yamamoto, acting U.S. assistant secretary of state for African affairs in September that Uganda is ready to deploy additional 5,000 troops to strengthen the military operations of the AMISOM.
The report by the Ugandan military is welcome news to the war-torn country seeing as the AU Special Representative has announced that some 1,000 soldiers from the 22,000-strong force will be withdrawn from Somalia by Dec. 31.