Amb Adonia Rallies UN Security Council on Somalia
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Members of the Security Council have condemned in the “strongest terms” the terrorist attack of 1 April 2018 perpetrated by Al-Shabaab against the Ugandan contingent of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in Lower Shabelle in Somalia in which eight soldiers were killed and injured.
The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that “terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.”
Ugandan soldiers were killed after Al Shabaab fighters attempted to overrun AMISOM Forward Operating Bases at Quoroyole, Buoolomere and Golwen.
In the ensuing battle, 36 Al Shabaab fighters were felled by UPDF’s firepower, a victory praised by president Museveni.
During the battle, eight of the Al Shabaab’s vehicles that included two Vehicle Born Improvised Explosives were destroyed.
UPDF also recovered from Al Shabaab four PK Rifles, two Rocket Propelled Guns, two Recoilless Guns, a Walkie Talkie and 18 Sub Machine Gun Rifles.
The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice.
UN’s condemnation of the attack followed intense lobbying by the Ugandan diplomatic mission in New York which shed light on the situation in Somalia.
Contacted, Uganda’s Ambassador to United Nations, Adonia Ayebare told ChimpReports that “Uganda appreciates the solidarity expressed by the UN Security following the demise of our compatriots on a Pan – African mission in Somalia.”
He further said the Mission looks “forward to enhanced support from the Council in future.”
In its statement, the UN Security Council “underscored their full support to AMISOM in delivering their mandate to reduce the threat posed by the terrorist group Al Shabaab and armed opposition groups in Somalia.”
Uganda has in recent years urged UN to increase its support for the AMISOM mission in Somalia to defeat the terrorists.
Uganda’s Chief of Defence Forces Gen David Muhoozi recently cited some of the challenges faced by AMISOM including lack of enough Force Multipliers, limited commanders and troops on the ground, and inadequate skills of the Somali National Army (SNA), among others.
The members of the Security Council reiterated that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.
They reaffirmed the need for all States to combat by all means threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts and also paid tribute to all international actors working to bring peace and stability in Somalia.
The Security Council also reiterated its determination to support the peace and reconciliation process in Somalia and underlined that neither this, nor any other terrorist attack would weaken that determination.
Kenya Gov’t to Establish Eye and Dental centres in Referral Hospitals
The Kenyan Government will allocate funds to establish ultra-modern Eye and Dental facilities in referral hospitals, which must be built within 12 months, President Uhuru Kenyatta has revealed.
He warned again that the days of wastage of resources was over, and put CS Health Sicily Kariuki and her team on notice.
He said Government will set aside KShs 300 million for each referral hospital including Kenyatta National Hospital, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, Nyeri and Mombasa hospitals.
The President spoke at Tenwek Hospital grounds after unveiling a KSh 275 million ultra-modern Eye and Dental Centre put up with the assistance of donors.
The new centre has a capacity to handle 20,000 clients and conduct 5,000 surgeries annually.
“I have seen what less than KSh 300 million can do to uplift the lives of Kenyans. I want to see similar facilities at Kenyatta National Hospital, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, Nyeri and Mombasa,” said President Kenyatta.
The Head of State said he had learnt a great lesson from the Tenwek hospital example which his government is ready to transfer and replicate elsewhere.
“I have picked several lessons here. You will not be able to blind me again,” he told top officials from the health Ministry led by the Cabinet Secretary.
He said he could not see any reason as to why the government, with all its huge resources, could not achieve similar successes like Tenwek with its meager resources.
The President said the National Government; in partnership with County governments will work towards achieving its key agenda of Universal Health care – a crucial pillar in the Big Four Agenda.
The President, who was accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto, put on notice government officials who use their positions to enrich themselves.
“Those who thought they had blinded me should now know they are on notice,” said President Kenyatta adding that top Government officials starting with Cabinet Secretaries and their Principal Secretaries should be fully accountable of their dockets.
He said he will no longer be deceived by dishonest activities and maneuvering by those entrusted to run public institutions.
The 81-year old Tenwek Hospital which started as a dispensary in 1937 is under the management of the Africa Gospel Church of Kenya (AGCK).