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LRA Has Potential to Resume Mass Atrocities – Report :: Uganda Radionetwork
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LRA Has Potential to Resume Mass Atrocities – Report

Chergui said that although the situation in Somalia continues to show signs of improvement due to efforts of the African Union Mission and the Somali National security forces, the Al-Shabaab still retains a significant capability to engage in asymmetrical warfare as was demonstrated by attacks on the Ugandan and Burundian forces.
There is a surge in terrorist activities by the Lord's Resistance Army in Central African Republic since the start of the year, the African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security Smail Chergui has said in a report to the Pan African Parliament.

The activities include attacks targeting civilian communities and poaching of elephants in the Garamba National Park for ivory,” said Chergui.

“The LRA still remains a big threat to civilians in the affected areas, with a potential to resume mass atrocities,” Chergui said in a presentation to the PAP plenary session in Midrand, South Africa, Thursday.

He however said that the African Union Task Force, supported by the US Special Forces Counter-LRA team, has sustained pressure on the rebel group resulting in continued defections within the group's ranks.

The presentation addressed various trouble spots on the continent including Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Sudan, Madagascar, Comoros and Somalia.

Chergui said that although the situation in Somalia continues to show signs of improvement due to efforts of the African Union Mission and the Somali National security forces, the Al-Shabaab still retains a significant capability to engage in asymmetrical warfare as was demonstrated by attacks on the Ugandan and Burundian forces.

PAP President Roger Nkodo Dang said the worrying security situation was hampering development of the continent.

Legislators sought a long term strategy by the AU to pacify Somalia without foreign forces.

“We have witnessed improved security following the deployment of Kenyan forces in Somalia. However we need Somalia to take charge of its own security,” said Zakayo Cheruiyot a Kenyan representative to PAP.

Zakayo also questioned what the AU was doing to promote education and tolerant religious practices to avoid extremism in Somalia.

Uganda's representative to PAP Sam Amooti Otada said that following the deployment of Ugandan troops in Somalia and Central African Republic; Ugandans are questioning when these foreign missions will end.

“In Uganda and in the Parliament of Uganda, the question being asked is how long is the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces going to be in Somalia and elsewhere? The UPDF is playing the role of government in Somalia; what is the AU doing?” he asked.

Somalia's Abdulaziz Abdulahi Mohamed said that troops from neighboring countries would not defeat the Al Shabaab and recommended that local Somali forces be trained to take over the security in the country.

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