Security fears in East Africa as Amisom starts withdrawing from Somalia
Saturday December 23 2017
Kenya Defence Forces soldiers under Africa Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) patrol Kismayo town on November 22, 2015. PHOTO FILE | NATION
The African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) has not undertaken military operations with the Somali National Army (SNA) in the recent past because of limitations in personnel and equipment.
During a meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi last week, Uganda President Yoweri Museveni said he would convene a meeting of chiefs of defence forces from troop-contributing countries to discuss progress in the mission.
Francisco Madeira, head of Amisom, told the media in Nairobi on December 21 that the SNA and the police were not ready for the transition and could not be relied on to oversee the country’s security needs in the face of onslaught from a fragmented Al Shabaab.