Published On: Fri, May 12th, 2017

#FutureforSomalia and the Important role Kenya & Uganda play – Somalia Conference 2017

Kenya’s President Kenyatta and President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda were amongst the heads of states who attended the 3rd London Somalia Conference hosted by the UK Government.

Both Kenya and Uganda are homes to over 1 million Somalia refugees and are part of Africa union peace mission to Somalia -AMISON.

Somalia though faced with tremendous challenges continue to make gains in key sectors, It is important to note how positively Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda have contributed to this.

The presence of Presidents Kenyatta and Museveni at the Somalia Conference is a sign that International community will need to work closely with Somalia neighbours if their support is ever going to sustainable of cause with clear goals to finally exiting to let Somalis rebuild their country.


President Uhuru Kenyatta in his presentation said  upsurge in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the return of the people of Somalia to their homeland to help in reconstruction were key planks in stabilising the Horn of African country and putting it on a firm trajectory for growth.

The President Kenyatta said although AMISOM had made significant progress in degrading terrorist activities and stabilising Somalia, there was still much to do before a planned AMISOM drawdown, and transition to Somali security forces next year.

“I therefore urge this Conference to endorse the call by the troop contributing countries and the African Union for urgent measures to support and strengthen AMISOM, including the upsurge of AMISOM by an additional 4,000 troops to liberate areas still under the control of terrorists,” the President said.

“The international community should also facilitate the deployment of critical enablers and force multipliers, as well as the provision of predictable and sustainable funding, including from the United Nations assessed contributions,” President Kenyatta added.

The London Somalia Conference is co-chaired by British Prime Minister Theresa May, UN Secretary-GeneralAntónio Guterres, and Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed. Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, current chairman of the regional development agency IGAD, and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni are also attending.

President Kenyatta called for the provision of United Nations support to the Somalia security forces in order to accelerate the AMISOM exit strategy.

He sought support for the implementation of the Somalia National Development Plan to enable the people of Somalia, including refugees, to go back home and participate in the reconstruction of their country.

“For us, return of the people of Somalia, including repatriation of refugees has to be embraced as part of measures of bringing meaningful peace and security, as well as securing development of Somalia,” President Kenyatta said.

“Somalia is taking important steps to democratisation and peace, but an important fact to be embraced is that it has to take the involvement of all the people of Somalia to deliver stability, reconstruction and progress.”

In his presentation , Uganda’s President H.E Yoweri Museveni enchoed President Kenyatta’s call for a commitment by the International community to support Somalia in its quest to rebuild the nation.

East Africa has played a critical role for Somalia stability with Kenya and Uganda fully engaged. Both leaders share a common vision that stability in SOmalia is critical for the region.



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