MOGADISHU — Somali lawmaker says the Islamist group Al Shabaab re-captured key areas vacated by foreign forces with African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia.
Hon. Ahmed Mo’alim Fiqi accused African Union (AMISOM) forces of lack military plan as Al Shabaab fighters are often return into each town being withdrawn by the coalition forces.
Fiqi says dozens of his country’s soldiers lost their lives to free Al Shabaab from the towns, while “the Aftican Union solidiers easily vacate those towns”, he said.
“We all know hundreds of people living those vacated towns are in need of governance, unfortunatly living under Al Shabaab strict rule. African Union must take the responsibility”, he said.
There was no immediate response from African Union mission in Somalia over the allegations. Somali National Army (SNA) was Once regarded as one of Africa’s best armies, the S (SNA) has had better days before its disintegration with the collapse of the central government in 1991. The fall of the central government in 1991 brought about the collapse of the state institutions, and the military was not spared. The army is currently restructuring in the hope of restoring calm and order to the country following two decades of incessant conflict.
The Somali National Army (SNA) still struggles with lack of basic equipment, they have only light weapons such as AK47 Gun as UN placed in arm embargo and all this in the face of bloody attacks from Al-Shabaab. Building a capable army is the only solution in order to take responsibility of their country.