AMISOM army chiefs oppose troop reduction

Officiating. The Chief of Defence Forces, Gen David Muhoozi (left) and the Foreign Affairs minister, Mr Sam Kutesa (right) during a meeting Military chiefs in Kampala on March 1, 2018. COURTESY PHOTO

What you need to know:

  • Means. The troops lack force multipliers like helicopters and infantry fighting vehicles. Gen Muhoozi says wounded combatants sometimes die because they are not quickly evacuated from the battlefield.
  • Replacements. The army chief reveals that the rate of attrition of fighting vehicles is more than the replacement.

KAMPALA. Military chiefs from five countries who deployed in war-torn Somalia want an end to the ongoing phased troop withdrawal.
On Wednesday, the army chiefs agreed that the troop strength that had been reduced from 22,126 to 21,626 be restored because the variation has made the troops thin on ground, making them vulnerable to Al-Shabaab attacks.

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