Uganda: Army officers sacked for “cowardice” in attack on Somalia base

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A Ugandan military court has found two officers guilty of cowardice as Islamist fighters stormed an African Union base in Somalia in May. Colonel Deo Akiki and Major John Oluka ran away after they came under attack by al-Shabab in Bulo Marer, south of the capital Mogadishu. At least 50 Ugandan soldiers were killed, officials say. Uganda is part of the African Union force helping Somalia’s government fight al-Shabab, an al-Qaeda affiliate. The attack on Bulo Marer was one of the deadliest for the African Union force, Atmis, since it launched a new offensive against al-Shabab last year. Uganda’s president, Yoweri Museveni, criticised his military for its response. The Ugandan military court sitting in Mogadishu heard that the officers had been given warning of an impending attack but failed to act to deter it.” (11/09/23)