Kenya Urges AU to Act Fast on Al-Shabab Menace
Kenya’s foreign affairs minister has urged the African Union (AU) to take strong actions against the Somali militant group following the July 11th Kampala bombings. Moses Wetangula was speaking at the opening of the Executive Council of the African Union Friday in Uganda’s capital Kampala. He called for strengthening the AU military operation in Somalia, AMISOM, from “peacekeeping to peace-making.”
He specifically called for the AU to strengthen the East African Standby Brigade, in order to bolster the regional response to the security threats from Somalia.The minister expressed his sincere heartfelt condolences toward the victims who lost their loved ones at the twin blasts that rocked the capital Kampala at a rugby pitch and at an Ethiopian hotel leaving 81 people dead and scores injured.
Wetangula said the twin attacks were worrying because they represented a departure from attacks directed toward western interests and represented a “new and worrying” threat of violence by Africans on Africans. The official theme for the summit which is “Maternal, Infant and Child Health and Development in Africa” has been overshadowed by the heightened security following last week’s Uganda bombings.
Heads of States expected to attend the very important summit include Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, Ghana’s President Atta Mills, South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma and Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Somalia has been without a functioning government for close to two decades and has degenerated into total lawlessness with armed militias and pirates causing havoc in the region.
News Report By Abdulaziz Billow
Abdulaziz Billow is AfrobeatRadio’s correspondent for East Africa.