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AMISOM: Burundi to withdraw 1,000 troops

By David Lumu, Agencies

Added 25th February 2019 01:50 PM

Uganda, Burundi, Kenya, Djibouti and Ethiopia are the AMISOM troop contributing countries.

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Burundian troops leaving Somalia recently at Mogadishu Airport during troop rotation. AMISOM Photo

Uganda, Burundi, Kenya, Djibouti and Ethiopia are the AMISOM troop contributing countries.

Burundi has announced a mega drawback of 1,000 troops from Somalia at the end of February.

Uganda and Burundi contribute the largest peacekeeping contingents under the 21,500 troop strong African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

The drawn down of boots on the ground is part of the proposed scale down of AMISOM troops to enable the Somali National Army take charge of the situation, which for over two decades, has been destructed by terror attacks from Al-Shaabab terrorists.

The President of Somalia, Abdullahi Mohamed, last Tuesday visited his counterpart Pierre Nkuruzinza in Burundi to discuss the expected drawdown by the end of this month.

During the visit, Nkuruzinza said that a special AMISOM summit should be convened to discuss the way forward.

"We agreed to call an urgent summit of Amisom troop-contributing countries to review this decision,” Nkurunziza said after Mohamed's visit.

Last year, Burundi announced a drawback of boots on the ground by the end of February.

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Uganda, Burundi, Kenya, Djibouti and Ethiopia are the AMISOM troop-contributing countries.

Review of logistical support

Meanwhile, AMISOM has also started reviewing logistical support offered to troops in Forward Operating Bases as recommended by the new Concept of Operations (CONOPS) document approved last year.

"The objective (of this meeting) is to look into the challenges our troops are facing in AMISOM’s area of operation, regarding fuel, which is a very important product in mission support,” Andrew Alele, the AMISOM engineer, said.

Maj. Gen. Maurice Gateretse, the Deputy AMISOM Force Commander in charge of Support and Logistics, said during a two-day review meeting in Somalia that gaps in fuel supply need to be addressed.

“This fuel conference was basically planned to address gaps that were discovered during the sector commanders’ conference held in November 2018,” he said.

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