First batch of Ugandan special guard unit for the UN arrives in Mogadishu
Mogadishu (Harar24) – Sixty two special guard units assigned to the UN belonging to the UPDF landed this morning in the Somali capital Mogadishu.
The sixty soldiers clad in UPDF uniform with a blue UN helmet will be serving under the UN and are the first batch to arrive in Mogadishu of an expectant force of four hundred who are expected to arrive at the end of the month, will be assigned to protect UN staff and facilities.
Several analysts have alluded that this could be potentially seen that the African Union Mission in Somalia is a futile project which has failed to bear any fruits. “There are already 22,000 AMISOM forces Somalia who are funded by the UN, why is there a need to bring another 400 African forces, it seems highly unlikely that an extra 400 will succeed where 22,000 others have so far failed” said a Mogadishu based analyst who spoke based on anonymity. “This comes across as very embarrassing to the AMISOM, while others suggest that the UN is only looking after their own interest” he added.
Some Mogadishu residents also voiced their discontent with the arrival of the Ugandan special units. “They could’ve easily trained & spent that same amount of money to train Somali soldiers for this very same purpose, but this seems like another money making scheme for foreign forces to take advantage of, while they could’ve easily assigned this job to Somali nationals or soldiers” said Du’ale Mohamud, a driver in Mogadishu.
However Aleem Siddique, the spokesman for the UN mission in Mogadishu saw that this as a necessary move to guarantee their safety and continue their work in the area. “They will enable us to continue working in a high-risk area” told Siddique to the AP
The Islamist militant organization Al-Shabaab withdrew from the capital in 2011 but have continuously demonstrated their capability to strike deep within Mogadishu and seem to have made the UN a target which they have attacked several times. In June 2013 the Al-Shabaab organization staged a deadly attack on the UNDP compound in Mogadishu which left 22 people dead including 4 UN staff.