UPDF announcement to deploy forces to Somalia under UN command angers AMISOM
Mogadishu (Harar24) – It seems that the UN could be slowly losing faith in the Somali government and the African Union troops, as it plans to send 410 Ugandan Special Forces who will directly go under the command of the UN. The motives behind such a drastic move can be summed up by the fact that the level of insecurity in Mogadishu is on the rise and the UN has had its fair share of attacks carried out by Al-Shabaab, with the last attack claiming the lives of four UN staff.
The mission of the Ugandan Special Forces according to several sources to is to oversee the security of UN interests and to protect their buildings and staff from any possible attacks. The Al-Qaeda affiliated movement Al-Shabaab which believes the UN are their solemn enemy have targeted the UN numerous times over the years and cause the deaths of numerous members of staff.
Such a move however may not be accepted by all, apart from Al-Shabaab, the AMISOM forces also seem disgruntled by the news. AMISOM’s spokesman Col. Hamoud mentioned that he “hear the news” and was “astounded” as to why the UN would bring other forces when there are peacekeepers present who practically are supported by the UN. “If this is true then it will be difficult for AMISOM to work with the Ugandan forces not serving under AMISOM command. This poses the question, did the UN lose hope in the AMISOM, the AU or the Somali government?” said Col. Hamoud.
Many analysts believe that the UN are realizing that the AU troops failed to protect UN interests and route Al-Shabaab, which lead to the UN to finally take things into their own hands.
“This really shows how the UN views the African Union Mission in Somalia, they are finally waking up and “smelling the coffee”, they lost hope in the fragile Somali government and the AMISOM forces, this is what’s leading them to make this decision, I’m just surprised by how long it took them to figure this out” said Farhan Mahmud, an independent analyst based in Mogadishu.
Many in Somalia also see this as a self-interested move where the UN are only looking at the benefits of their interests in Somalia and not the Somali public or the government they claim to support which comes under daily attack from Al-Shabaab claiming the lives of many soldiers and officers.
Despite the fact the UN buildings and staff in Mogadishu are guarded by the AMISOM and private companies, Al-Shabaab have still managed to attack the UN, this has left many wondering what change a mere 410 Ugandan Special Forces could bring.