yoweri museveni.jpgUgandan President, Yoweri Museveni has said African troops in Somalia should be boosted to 20 000 to “eliminate” those behind the Kampala blasts which killed more than 70 people.

 

 

“We can join to build up the strength of that force to 20 000 so that working with the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia we can eliminate the terrorists,” he told reporters in the western town of Ntungamo.

 

Somalia’s al-Qaeda inspired al-Shabaab group on Monday claimed responsibility for the blasts that killed at least 73 people in Kampala as they watched the final of World Cup at two separate sites.

 

Museveni said East African nations had already agreed to send an additional 2 000 troops to Somalia, but after Sunday’s attacks, the force should be further bolstered.

 

There are now about 6 000 African peacekeepers there, short of the targeted 8 100. They are helping prop up the transitional government in the war-wracked Horn of Africa nation.

 

“This force as we agreed in Addis (Ababa, the Ethiopian capital) will be expanded and the AU will be able to clean up that place,” he said.

 

“We haven’t discussed how many troops (Uganda) shall provide but (East African nations) agreed to send 2 000 now and later 20 000,” he added.

 

“When we meet at the AU, that’s when we shall decide how to move forward.”

 

He said the attacks had moved Uganda to reconsider the nature of its presence in the war-ridden Somali capital.

 

“We were just in Mogadishu to guard the port, the airport and the State House. Now they have mobilised us to look for them,” he said.

 

“We are going to go on the offensive for all those who did this.”