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Ugandan Officers dismissed for negligence

MOGADISHU (SD) -Military officers from Uganda, serving in the African peacekeeping mission ATMIS, have been relieved of their duties due to their failure to ensure the security of their base during an attack by Al-Shabaab in Buulo Mareer, Lower Shabelle region, Somalia. The two officers, Colonel Deo Akiki and Major John Oluka were among the Ugandan forces stationed at the attacked base.

The military court in charge of Ugandan forces based in Mogadishu ordered the removal of these officers, stating that they were deemed unfit for their duties. The court found them guilty of negligence in carrying out their responsibilities, particularly in the context of the Al-Shabaab attack on the Buulo Mareer base.

Despite issuing a warning to the officers about the impending attack, the court noted that they failed to take adequate measures to defend the base and criticized them for not coordinating with other units in the area, which resulted in the deaths of over 70 Ugandan soldiers.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni strongly condemned the attack on the Buulo Mareer base and expressed his dissatisfaction with some members of the Ugandan military, describing them as incompetent and careless.

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