Ugandan army chief Gently David Muhoozo has said his country’s troops in Somalia are underfunded.
General Muhoozi told the Daily Monitor newspaper that as a result, the Ugandan soldiers – who are part of an African Union force in Somalia – cannot launch attacks against al-Shabab.
“It has now implied that we cannot defend what we already have and neither can we effectively offend the enemy to degrade [its] capacity. That is the dilemma we are in and that is why the TCCs (Troop Contributing Countries) met to put across the concerns of the mission, so that with the international partners, we can find a way forward,” he said.
Ugandan troops were first deployed in Somalia 11 years ago and form the largest number of soldiers in the 22,000-strong African Union Peacekeeping Mission (Amisom).